Shots fired, pedestrian injured during chaotic Williamsburg carjacking

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Detectives search for clues following a shooting and attempted carjacking at 420 Kent Avenue on Tuesday, May 7.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The investigation continues into a wild Williamsburg carjacking attempt on Tuesday night that ended with gunshots and a collision that left a pedestrian injured.

According to police, the incident unfolded at around 7:30 p.m. on May 7 outside of 420 Kent Ave. when a gunman apparently attempted to rob the driver of a Lamborghini.

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Police marked bullets on the scene. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The driver apparently put the pedal to the metal in an attempt to zoom away, prompting the robber to fire off several shots.

“I heard the gunshots from my rooftop, I was showing my parents around who are visiting,” a nearby resident said. “I thought it was firecrackers.”

During the chaos, police said, the Lamborghini driver apparently lost control of the vehicle and swerved into a nearby pedestrian. The 20-year-old man was left injured and covered in blood, leading local residents and responding officers from the 90th Precinct to believe initially that he had been shot.

“I was getting ready to move my car, I heard the gunshots. I saw the man lying on the side of the car,” an eyewitness said.

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Witnesses said they thought the pedestrian had been shot. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

But an investigation concluded that the victim had actually suffered numerous lacerations after being struck by the out-of-control Lamborghini. Paramedics rushed the victim to Bellevue Hospital, where he is expected to survive. The driver, meanwhile, is not expected to face any charges.

Police say they are still searching for the gunman who initiated the mayhem. No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.

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

Crime is up year-to-date in the 90th Precinct, according to the latest NYPD data. The overall rate of major felonies has jumped 6.43% compared to last year, though grand larceny auto has decreased somewhat — 41 car thefts have been reported in the precinct year-to-date, compared to 44 during the same time period last year. Shooting incidents are also up slightly in the precinct. 

This story first appeared on Brooklyn Paper’s sister site amNewYork.