Cops: Reward offered for man who murdered young mom

Looking for justice: Vera Reid, the grandmother of shooting victim Fatima Gordon, is consoled by a friend as she demands the killer’s capture.
Photo by Paul Martinka

Cops are offering $12,000 for any information leading to the gunman who killed a young mother and wounded three others — including a 13-year-old boy — when he peppered Clarkson Avenue with bullets on May 30.

Witnesses told investigators that shots were fired near Flatbush Avenue just after 9 pm, hitting four people in a spray of gunfire.

The sounds of responding police sirens were quickly followed by the wails of shooting victim Fatima Gordon’s relatives as they learned that the young mom had been shot in the back and killed.

“Please not my niece,” one relative screamed. “God, take me!”

Gordon’s friends and family say the young woman with the broad smile was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

“She was just coming from the store,” another relative told reporters. “Her birthday is Saturday. She’s a wonderful mother. Why her?”

Relatives said that Gordon was exiting the grocery store with a handful of family members and her 4-year-old boy when about a half-dozen shots were fired.

Gordon, who was shot in the back, tried to protect the child and told her son to “Keep looking at grandma” when she knew she had been hit, witnesses said.

“I heard five shots,” resident Nogga Schwartz, who ran to Gordon’s side after the shooting stopped, told the New York Post. “I ran outside and saw Fatima lying on her side. Her mother was holding her, cradling her head. I asked her to stay with us. She blinked and then coughed up blood.”

Other victims included a 13-year-old boy, who suffered a graze wound to the back, and two men in their 20s. One of them men was shot in the right arm and buttocks as he, too, ran from the gunfire, police sources said.

By Tuesday night, cops from the 70th Precinct hadn’t disclosed a motive behind the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding Thursday’s shooting is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577–8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

Reach Deputy Editor Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

Murdered in cold blood: Police say a gunman shot and killed Fatima Gordon last week.
Photo by Paul Martinka

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