Pols call for peace in wake of deadly Flatbush funeral shooting

Feeling the pain: Borough President Adams speaks with a police commander on Tuesday morning near the site of a deadly shooting outside a funeral in Flatbush on Monday night.
Photo by Arthur DeGaeta

Pols and community leaders are calling for an end to violence in Flatbush after gunmen killed two and wounded four others after a funeral on Monday night.

Borough President Adams, Councilmen Jumaane Williams (D–Flatbush), Mathieu Eugene (D–Kensington), and local leaders gathered on Tuesday morning to call for peace near the spot where police said unidentified assailants killed Michael Murphy, 44, of Queens and Bronx resident Sharieff Clayton, 40.

“It’s appalling that someone could go to a funeral and this tragedy happen. A funeral should not spawn additional funerals,” Williams said. “We must finally address this insanity. We cannot treat these tragic incidents as the norm”

The shootings took place outside Emmanuel Church of God on Flatbush Avenue between East 26th Street and Foster Avenue shortly before 8:30 pm, police said. When cops arrived at the scene, they found six people suffering from gunshot wounds. Murphy and Clayton were transported to Kings County Hospital Center with torso wounds, and both were pronounced dead at the hospital, a report said.

Cops found two women and one man outside the church. The victims were brought to area hospitals and are all in stable condition. Authorities also found another man nearby with a gunshot wound to the torso who is in stable condition at Kings County Hospital, according to police.

The shooting appears to have been the result of a decades-long dispute between people attending the funeral, including one of the dead men, Williams said.

Police had not made any arrests as of Tuesday afternoon.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Casing the joint: Police examine the scene of a shooting that left two dead and four wounded outside a funeral in Flatbush on Monday night.
Photo by Arthur DeGaeta

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