Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Shooting at Franklin and Lincoln

I'm not breaking this news, but a man was murdered in a point-blank shooting this morning at 11AM on Franklin and Lincoln, as reported on Gothamist and SaveBrooklynNow. Gothamist talked to someone at the scene who overheard neighbors saying the dispute was about a woman, but a person familiar with the investigation said that the NYPD now believes the incident was drug-related. While there are no official suspects yet, the police have acquired surveillance video of the event that identifies the shooter, who was recognized as an individual involved with the local drug trade.

On Brooklynian, one poster referred to Franklin and Lincoln as "the drug dealing/sexual harassment/violence capital of Franklin," while others worried about escalating violence this summer. While its true, as another poster mentioned, that the vast majority of these shooters don't target strangers, flying bullets remain dangerous, as the Sushi Tatsu deliveryman who was hit in a drive-by last summer can attest. What the police response will be (Franklin's already an impact zone, but I suppose they could bring back the Skywatch) remains to be seen.

25 comments:

  1. Impact zone with little if any impact from the cops. The 77's commander has got to be on the take cause i see the same drug dealing monkeys cruising up and down the streets with little if any regard for the cops. Such a shame- they really need to clean this neighborhood up once and for all!

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  2. I really don't get this. Absolutely everyone in this neighborhood knows what is going on on this corner, yet serious crimes get committed there over and over; and the police don't do anything about it. There was a less serious problem at a bodega on the corner of St. John's and Underhill--chronic drug dealing, but no murders, and for an entire summer, there were several cops on that corner 24 hours a day. After a month or two, the drug dealers moved on--perhaps to Franklin Avenue. We need to demand that the cops deal with this or the gains that this neighborhood has made are going to evaporate.

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  3. the man that was murdered wasnt a drug dealer nor was he a violent person he was a father of a 4year old daughter he was MY BROTHER, he was gunned down senselessly and cowardly while on his way to pick me up so we could make the final payment on my mothers tombstone, now i have the burden of adding his name to that tombstone burying him and explaining to my 4year old niece that her father isnt coming to pick her up ever again...

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  4. Nigel: So sorry for your and your niece's loss.

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  5. i thank you

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  6. @ Comment 7:21..."Monkeys"?

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  7. why did a drug dealer shoot him five times?

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  8. This is really awful, for the family involved and the bystanders who had to witness it. Does anyone know if there are any good neighborhood public forums (not on the internet, in real life) that frustrations and complaints can be aired at? I mean, its one thing to blog about this but if we really want change we should make our voices actually heard, right?

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  9. There is an emergency meeting tonight on violence and crime in Crown Heights. Location: 284 New York Avenue (entrance on Lincoln Place)
    Time: 6:30pm
    Guest Speakers: Captain Elvio Capocci
    New Commanding officer of the 77th Precinct
    NYS Senator Eric Adams
    NYS Assemblyman Karim Camara
    District Leader Jesse Hamilton

    We all ought to go to this meeting and demand that the police put an end to the violence on this corner and elsewhere on Franklin Avenue once and for all.

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  10. @Artie: If you have time tonight, you may want to stop by this event:

    http://nostrandpark.com/2010/05/20/emergency-town-hall-meeting-re-violence-in-crown-heights/

    I sadly can't make it.

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  11. Will do... for sure. If half as many people who read this blog actually show up, maybe it'll make a difference. Thanks for the heads up!

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  12. I live on Lincoln Place btw Franklin and Bedford. I'm pretty tired of these guys openly and brazenly selling drugs on that corner. They seemed to have dissipated for a while when the Skywatch went up, but I fear they're creeping back. I see little baggies on the street all the time...
    Those guys on that corner are confrontational, and I can see how someone walking by might get caught up in an altercation that ends badly. We always try to walk around the other way to avoid that corner, just for this reason. I have an infant son and a wife, and I fear for their safety...

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  13. I couldn't attend the emergency town hall meeting myself since I am taking care of my toddler today. If anyone went to the emergency town hall meeting, can they post how the 77th precinct plans on addressing the increase in violence on Franklin?
    Thanks.

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  14. Agreed @ 9:26, would love to hear how things went since I couldn't be there either. Nick?

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  15. The 77th was a no-show at the town hall meeting. The story at the beginning (when the television were cameras there) was that the precinct knew about the meeting, but said they would not attend if the media were present. After the cameras left the story was that the precinct's higher-ups would not allow them to attend given that it was a billed as a "town hall" as opposed to a "block association" meeting. Next time the organizers will be sure to bill it as a "block association" meeting. One participant who called the 77th before the meeting to inquire about when and where was told that there was no emergency meeting. She immediately called precinct community council president Caldwell who informed her otherwise.

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  16. My roommate (a writer for the Daily Eagle) and I attended the meeting yesterday. It was promising and very well attended. I'm not much for writing but my roommate certainly is... keep your eyes peeled for an article in the paper. I'll ask her to post something here as well.

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  17. Someone mentioned something to me about an actual neighborhood watch being set up. Does anybody have any info on this? Thanks.

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  18. As a resident of the neighborhood I feel as if there is more to be concerned with drug violence based on the sexual attack that I was a victim of not too long ago off of Franklin Ave. In general, more eyes on the street would be a good idea to keep a look out for violence and harmful acts of all kinds.

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  19. All you people blaming cops for not doing their jobs, I just have one thing to say to you all: you are all morons. Open your eyes and maybe you will realize that cops have nothing to do with this shit: it's all those wanna be gangsters hustling and dealing and skimming: if it was up to me I'd lock all of those fuckers up. Let them rotten in jail.

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  20. @Anonymous May 24, 2010 11:29 AM :

    I hope that you are just an internet troll and not actually serious. Frankly what you are saying is just ignorant, and the tone of your writing underscores that your observations have little basis in anything other than anecdote and bias.

    The threads about this shooting have all focused heavily on Anonymous writers complaining about gangs. I wrote a lot yesterday about the faults of this argument in another thread, you can go read that if you like. I have not had the feeling that people have been blaming the police; in fact as I said, more people have been blaming the gangs without so much as the facts to do so..

    I'm guessing, though could be wrong, that all of these thoughtless Anonymous posts about gangs are from one person. At this point your comments are starting to sound like tired old racial stereotypes, spoken with the ease internet anonymity. Your oversimplification of complex issues that are decades in the making shows that you are only interested in using this fine blog as platform for your obsessive ranting about gangs. You have made this point over and over without regard or remark as to the rest of the discussion.

    You have made your point. For whatever reason you think that gangs are the only factor in the perpetuation of violence in Crown Heights. You can restate this every day to keep these threads alive if you like, but its certainly not helping this discussion anymore.

    "Cops have nothing to do with this shit: it's all those wanna be gangsters hustling and dealing and skimming: if it was up to me I'd lock all of those fuckers up. Let them rotten in jail. "

    Your assertion that "cops have nothing with this" but your reliance on having people rot in jail are laughably contradictory. Also, your respect for the (supposed) tenants of our judicial system is astounding. Also, let me get this straight, your solution to our neighborhood's violence is to remove the freedom from every person suspected of gang activity indefinitely regardless of the crime, or the evidenciary chain. Armed solely with your own self righteousness and obviously clear command of the facts, I'm sure you would make the right pick every time.

    Thankfully it is not up to you.

    To everyone else in these threads - thank you all for being respectful, informed and honestly trying to engage in a productive discussion.

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  21. My mother, 17 month old son and I rounded the corner of Franklin Avenue coming from Lincoln place literally seconds before the shooting last week. I've walked around that corner many, many times, never knowing of the potential danger. I am devastated for the loss of life, deeply saddened by my own fears and prejudices that have emerged since being steps away from a murder, and guilty for the danger I put my mother and son in. I love Franklin Avenue, I love Brooklyn. I love the diversity of ages, backgrounds, experiences, ethnicities, cultures- 99% of Brooklynites- live side by side in peace and respect. Many of us work to address the socioeconomic inequities that foster such hopelessness and violence in just a few. I believe in our neighborhood, I believe in Brooklyn and believe that our community (both long time and new residents and polic) can come together to address these issues fairly- taking into account all the complexities and perspectives. With respect and hope...

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  22. @ nigel hold ya head homie!!! U know we are all here for all of you!!! If y'all need anything either hit me or lyfe up we got u!! 1 LUV!!! R.I.P B.R. WE LOVE YOU MAN!!!

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  23. im 32 years old and grew up on lincoln and franklin.what people that are new to this area fail to relize is that while there far too many incidents on franklin its still no where near as bad as it was 10 to 15 years ago at the height of the crack problem and its a shame that the people that lived and suffered the most aRE NOW BEING PUSHED OUT now that the place has gotten safer alot of people move around here and make judgements not knowing what thr REAL rsesidents have went threw when i hear all this monkey and put them all in jail talk it makes me relize that some people just dont get it

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  24. An argument for the legalization of drugs. Anyone seen The Wire?

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  25. I JUST came across this thread. My dad owned Lincoln TV & Radio Repair on the north side of Lincoln, right off of Franklin. Milty's Liquor Store was on the corner. Dad was shot in his store in December 1977 and died of his injuries in June 1978. Of course there were 'no witnesses' at 2:30 in the afternoon so the shooter was never found. Dad loved the diversity of the neighborhood and was pretty much the only non-racist member of my family. I'm devastated to hear of continued shootings at this intersection.
    I've lived in Ohio for many years and have driven past the site of his store only once since he died. It's just too difficult emotionally. Still, is there a chance that someone has a picture of his storefront?
    Nigel Glover, I get it. Please hug your niece for me. I have no doubt that you will make sure that she is loved and never forgets her dad.

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