Suspect fatally shoots ex-girlfriend’s dad in Brownsville: NYPD

A man was fatally shot in the chest in front of a home on Osborn Street in Brownsville.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Detectives in Brooklyn are looking for the gunman who shot and killed his former girlfriend’s father during a dispute early in Brownsville on Tuesday morning.

Law enforcement sources said Vernon Kelly, 49, was shot dead in front of a residence on Osborn Street in Brownsville at about 4:25 a.m. on April 20 after coming to his daughter’s aid and confronting the suspect.

According to sources familiar with the investigation, the shooting stemmed from a feud that began earlier in the evening and resulted in Kelly’s daughter confronting the shooter in Brownsville. Police sources said she then called Kelly, who then came to the location from his home on Avenue K in Flatlands, about three miles away.

Shortly after arriving in Brownsville, police said, Kelly got into a dispute with the gunman in front of the Osborn Street home. The words then turned physical when the perpetrator pulled out a gun and blasted Kelly in the chest. 

Authorities said the suspect, who was shirtless at the time, then ran from the scene, losing one of his shoes in the process. Police believe he may have hopped into a nearby purple, 2007 Chevrolet vehicle that fled the location. 

Officers from the 73rd Precinct responded to the shooting. EMS rushed Kelly to Brookdale University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

So far, no arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.