One man injured after shooter opens fire Downtown

Shots fired: Authorities swarmed the corner of Willoughby and Pearl streets after a gunman started shooting on Monday afternoon.
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A bullet struck a guy after at least one gunman opened fire at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby streets on Monday afternoon, according to a witness.

“They were standing right next to my car,” said Louis Allende, who parked his ride on Willoughby Street. “They walked up to the corner and let off the two shots, then ran down the block.”

The shooter fired two rounds in front of sandwich shop Blimpie around 3:45 pm, according to Allende, who said the incident occurred during a dismissal at the nearby Brooklyn Friends School on Pearl Street, sending departing youngsters running from the scene.

Staff at the private academy generally feel safe in the neighborhood, according to its top educator, but hearing the shots explode around the time the last bell rang had them worried about their pupils’ welfare.

“We’ve got students walking to the subway, who are walking home, and something like this is a concern,” said Larry Weiss, the head of Brooklyn Friends School.

Allende, who lives in the Bronx and works Downtown, said he watched the suspect draw a gun before shooting, and that the man fled the scene immediately afterward.

“Of course I was scared,” the witness said. “It was gunshots.”

The 19-year-old victim, who Allende said got grazed in the leg by a bullet, walked himself into Brooklyn Hospital shortly after being hit, but is not cooperating with authorities, according to Police Department spokesman Officer Andrew Lava, who couldn’t say whether he was also armed, or if any other people were involved.

Police, who are searching for two suspects in their ongoing investigation of the incident, didn’t immediately know what prompted the gunshots, but Allende alleged the altercation sounded personal and that the shooter was looking for his victim.

“I heard the comment, ‘Isn’t that the kid with the sweater that we’re looking for?’ ” the witness said.

The incident is the third shooting Downtown in almost as many months — in July, police arrested a teen for opening fire outside of Foot Locker on Fulton Mall, and in August, another shooter let bullets fly near New York University Tandon School of Engineering in MetroTech Commons.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:26 am, October 3, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Johnny Sack from Windsor Terrace says:
Oct. 1, 2018, 4:04 pm
Anthony from Park Slope says:
Crazy - This type of BS shouldn't happen in DO-BRO or anywhere nearby! Unacceptable!
Oct. 1, 2018, 4:24 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
The inevitable result of continually electing Democrats, the party of crime.
Oct. 1, 2018, 4:49 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Oh great, another shooting to bring all the racists [and 1 deranged trumpturd] out of the woodwork!
Oct. 1, 2018, 4:56 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆️⬆️⬆️You will keep posting nonsense on the internet until you are the one getting shot. Wake up and walk away before it’s too late⬆️⬆️⬆️
Oct. 1, 2018, 6:21 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆⬆⬆Look at this coward talking to himself⬆⬆⬆ Hurry up and post more nonsense before they take away your internet privileges at the facility.
Oct. 1, 2018, 6:34 pm
Liza from Kensington says:
I was there. The comments on this article seem to be pretty odd. It is too bad that this happened, since gun violence is always a tragedy, but especially since this is a bustling area in which people feel safe congregating.
Oct. 1, 2018, 7:18 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I wasn't there but I will blame the shooting on the Democrats, because that's what idiots do.
Oct. 1, 2018, 7:33 pm
Sparkle from Bay Ridge says:
I blame the shooting on ammunition. Guns don’t kill people, ammunition does.
Oct. 1, 2018, 8:09 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
But But But the Democrats!!! They love MS13 and give them free ammunition and welfare benefits. It's true! I saw it on Fox News!
Oct. 1, 2018, 8:30 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
You see! Betty SpazRamsey from Westport gets it! We trumpturds need to unite And show all the non-whites who's boss. We need to take back the country from all the minorities who have dirtied up the country. MAWHITEA!
Oct. 1, 2018, 8:53 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Betty Ramsey from Westport, are you single or on
Oct. 1, 2018, 8:54 pm
Bing from Bong says:
⬆️⬆️⬆️I’m so sorry I made the previous two posts under the name of Henry Ford.⬆️⬆️⬆️
Oct. 1, 2018, 10:52 pm
The view from Bellvue says:
Timothy McVeigh, columbine most of the mass murderers are white and not Democrats.Most of the high murder states aren't blue. Get you racist diatribe out of my face. Trump has done the great thing of getting the racists antisemite misogynists homophobes out of the closet.
Oct. 2, 2018, 5:41 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Julie Swetnick, that's me. I'm a racist loser who brings nothing to the table.
Oct. 2, 2018, 6:17 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Julie Swetnick, are you single or on I'm also very lonely.
Oct. 2, 2018, 6:18 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Well... growing up, Fulton Mall and every thing over there was always "that side" of BH, and you never went over to "that side" unless you had to. Looks like things are going back to that.
Oct. 2, 2018, 7:21 am
Leroy from First houses says:
Glad we have strict gun control laws.
Oct. 2, 2018, 7:38 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Julie, so do I!!! We’ a perfect match! I like beer!
Oct. 2, 2018, 9:34 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Morris's widow Midge just shot me. I think I'm dying, but I'm too dumb to tell.
Oct. 2, 2018, 10:14 am
Adamben from Bedstuy says:
What I really want to know is how are there still blimpies in business? There’s another one near jay st, and possibly more lurking in the area?
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:56 pm
Bing from Bong says:
Blimpies are always near where Democrats are robbing and shooting people.
Oct. 3, 2018, 5:54 pm
the real bing from bong says:
LOL, that was the weak! You’re so soft, wimp.
Oct. 3, 2018, 6:21 pm
Really Realer Bong from Bing says:
DoBro?!! Anthony from Park Slope, THAT is unacceptable. FOH. None of you politicizing this incident with your fake names could possibly be serious. I passed through that intersection right afterwards. For the good of humanity I’m glad I’m okay, as obviously the world needs more reasonable people.
Oct. 4, 2018, 5:42 pm
Hundo from Grow a pair says:
I guess we hit a nerve with that retard Really Realer Bong from Bing. What is he on?
Oct. 5, 2018, 6:55 pm

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