A 28-year-old man was fatally shot on a plaza in front of the Howard Houses in Brownsville on Wednesday afternoon, about a half hour before Senator Jesse Hamilton was scheduled to host a meeting at a nearby community center. The senator witnessed the shooting, and reacted to the scene on Facebook Live.
"A young man was shot right in front of the building where we were having the stakeholders meeting," Hamilton said. A woman's cries can be heard in the background, and the camera pans to a cluster of police officers standing around a body on the ground.
"This is unreal," Hamilton added. "I haven't seen a young man actually shot and die before my eyes. We've been here ten minutes already and there's no ambulance. And somebody's dead."
The victim, Rysheen Ervin, was shot multiple times in the torso, according to police. Cops responded to 80 Osborn Street at the Howard Houses at about 3:11 p.m., and transported Ervin to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"That's somebody’s brother, father," one witness told the Daily News. "Even if you don’t know the person, that’s a life form."
No arrests have been made, and an investigation is ongoing.
Hamilton went ahead with his scheduled meeting after Ervin was taken to the hospital. He and representatives from about thirty community-based organizations sat to discuss The Campus, a project Hamilton announced back in March, which calls for app development and coding classes in the neighborhood, as well as "health and wellness" classes.
"The goal is to provide a safe haven for kids after school where they can learn about technology, career development, entrepreneurship and wellness," Hamilton wrote on Facebook this morning, adding, "We will honor the legacy of this young man."