Murder in Gowanus

Crime scene: Cops inspect the scene where Leroy Olmstead was shot to death on March 14.
Photo by Jason Speakman

Someone shot a man to death on Saturday afternoon in front of the Gowanus Houses building where he lived, police said.

Cops received a 911 call just after 3 pm and responding officers found 21-year-old Leroy Olmstead lying on the pavement with a single gunshot wound to the torso in front of 423 Baltic St., according to the authorities.

Paramedics transported Olmstead to Lutheran Medical Center and doctors there pronounced him dead on arrival, police said.

Police declined to release further details about the shooting but people at the scene on Saturday reported hearing just one shot.

The shooting is the first murder of the year in the 76th Precinct, which encompasses Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and parts of Gowanus. One murder took place in the area during 2014.

— with Jason Speakman

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
At home: Leroy Olmstead was gunned down in front of the Gowanus Houses building where he lived.
Photo by Jason Speakman

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