Shooting at trouble spot

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Guns again

The troubled corner of Grand and Putnam avenues, with a reputation for drug-dealing, was the site of another shooting on Aug. 21.

A gunman shot a livery car passenger in the arm and leg through the gypsy cab’s window at 7:30 pm. The victim was taken to Brooklyn Hospital by the driver.

There was another shooting at this corner in May, which sparked a protest by concerned neighbors and Councilwoman Letitia James (D–Fort Greene).

Can’t get away

A man was arrested for burglarizing a parked car on Myrtle Avenue on Aug. 19.

The 48-year-old suspect took a bag containing a cellphone, camera and wallet from a commercial truck parked between Waverly and Clinton avenues while the deliveryman was inside a nearby business at 1:20 pm.

Police, canvassing the neighborhood with the victim, caught the suspect holding the bag several blocks away.

Wheelie bad

A wallet and cellphone were stolen from a man’s wheelchair on Clinton Avenue while the man’s wife helped him enter their home on Aug. 19.

The thief unzipped a backpack hanging from the wheelchair and removed the man’s property around 1 pm, in front of his victim’s home between DeKalb and Willoughby avenues.

Stranger in a car

A man returning to his car parked at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and St. Felix Street found a bleeding man sitting in his driver seat on Aug. 20.

The car’s owner, an electrician, had made a brief stop at 1:15 pm.


A hoodlum broke through a ground-floor window on a Grand Avenue house on Aug. 21 but was caught several blocks away by police.

The 27-year-old suspect ripped out the screen window on the first floor of the home between Myrtle and Park avenues at 7:15 am, took $50 from a nearby dresser and hopped back out.

A resident rushed to see what caused the tumult. She found the burglar outsider her home, but he told her, “I was just looking at your bike.”

But he didn’t get away. Police apprehended the alleged thief at the corner of Classon and Park avenues.


Three villains beat up and robbed a man on Gates Avenue on Aug. 19.

The 50-year-old-victim told police that a trio surrounded him near the corner of Downing Street at 11 pm and punched him several times in the head. The marauders reportedly took $500 and a cellphone from the man they beat into submission. — Mike McLaughlin

Updated 5:43 pm, August 28, 2008
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