Gunman slays man in Downtown Brooklyn housing complex

Police guarded the entrance to the Farragut Houses in the wake of a fatal shooting Monday evening.
Photo by Meg Capone

A gunman shot and killed a man inside a Downtown Brooklyn public-housing complex Monday evening. 

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots on the first floor of the Farragut Houses on Sands Street near Gold Street at 3:35 pm, and police rushed to the scene to find the 35-year-old victim suffering a bullet wound in his face. 

“I heard, ‘bang, bang, bang,’ and then just started running,” said a resident of the housing complex, who refused to give her name. 

Paramedics rushed the victim to Brooklyn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, cops said. 

Police swarmed the entrance to the houses and taped off front door following the shooting, while a helicopter circled overhead. 

Cops swarmed the Farragut Houses Monday following deadly shooting.Photo by Meg Capone

According to one woman, police allowed renters to enter the building through a stairwell at the rear of the building, but residents were denied access to the elevator for the 14-floor for hours following the incident.

Meanwhile, children at the nearby PS 307 elementary school were locked down in their classrooms, and their parents were unable to retrieve them as a result of the shooting, the woman said. 

“I’ve been trying to get my kids out of school, but I can’t because the school is in lockdown,” said Latoya Turner, who has children attending the York Street elementary school. “It means the kids are safe, but it’s still scary.”