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Suspects appearing in court, who hid weapons at worksites, to blame for series of Downtown shootings, beep says

On the scene: Cops flooded the corner of Willoughby and Pearl streets after a gunman fired a bullet into another man's leg there on Oct. 1, the third shooting in almost as many months Downtown, which Borough President Adams said on Friday were at the hands of suspects from elsewhere who come to the area for court hearings.
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Borough President Adams blamed a recent spate of Downtown shootings on individuals coming and going to the commercial district’s court rooms, claiming shooters from across the borough stashed their weapons at construction sites, picked them up on their way to hearings, and fired them while in the area.

“People who were on their way to court appeared to have hidden guns in construction sites and other locations,” Adams said at a Friday press conference outside Borough Hall. “It’s unfortunate that much of the crime is visiting Downtown, but there’s not much we can do about stopping people who are coming from other parts of the borough and participating in criminal behavior.”

The beep, who held a closed-door meeting with law-enforcement and other officials prior to making his announcement, said the brain trust would work even closer together to better schedule court dates, as well as parole and probation visits, in an attempt to prevent shoot-outs between folks whom he alleged are bad actors affiliated with gangs.

“If there’s a beef that’s attached to that visit, a notification is made,” he said.

Earlier this month, cops cuffed a 26-year-old on Oct. 11 for firing a bullet into another guy’s leg at Pearl and Willoughby streets as a nearby school let out on Oct. 1.

Officers slapped the suspect, who lives in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, with charges including assault and criminal use of a firearm, according to Police Department spokeswoman Officer Arlene Muniz, who said authorities arrested him no less than twice before, on charges including promoting gambling in July 2017, and on charges including criminal possession of a weapon back in September 2014.

Muniz could not answer when asked if the suspect is affiliated with gangs, claiming the complaint report did not note that information.

And in July, police arrested a 19-year-old boy for shooting two passersby and his intended male target on Fulton Mall near Gallatin Place, charging the teen with three counts of assault.

That suspect lives in Brownsville, according to Muniz, who said cops cuffed him no less than twice before the latest incident, but could not say whether he is affiliated with gangs, citing the lack of that information in the complaint report.

A third person opened fire near the New York University Tandon School of Engineering campus on MetroTech Commons in August, but police are still searching for the shooter, who injured no one and faces charges including reckless endangerment, Muniz said.

A spokesman for Adams said the beep learned of suspects’ habit of hiding guns in construction sites from police in the meeting before his public announcement, but reps for the Police Department did not immediately answer when asked how authorities discovered suspects’ habit of hiding guns at construction sites, or where those alleged sites are.

And the beep, a former member of New York’s Finest, stressed communication — between police, locals, and elected officials — will be key to stopping future shootings in the neighborhood, which is blocks from Boerum Hill’s House of Detention, a jail the mayor is pushing to expand in his quest to dramatically reduce the number of inmates locked up on Rikers Island.

“As a captain in the 84th precinct raised, we also want a smarter public,” Adams said. “We want the public to know how to not be a victim of crime, that is one of the best ways to prevent crime and ensure they are not a victim.”

— with Anthony Rotunno

Updated 5:49 pm, October 19, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Barry from Kenya says:
Another red blooded Republikunt. Lock him up!
Oct. 19, 4:33 pm
Tonawanda Jones from Chiraq says:
The DemonRats want to take legal firearms from American Patriots while turning a blind eye to illegal guns in the hands of their own criminal element. DemonRats are the party of crime. They want open borders and sanctuary cities to take in millions of illegals and they want US taxpayers to pay for these people. Sorry but we have to take care of our own Black and Latino populations first and guarantee their prosperity and success. We need the Black and Latino communities to STOP voting for the DemonRats who only want them for their votes by screaming ‘Racist!’ Voting Republican, the party of Lincoln, is the only way to stop these Commies from destroying the most free country on earth.
Oct. 20, 7:57 am
Tom from Brooklyn Heights says:
Eliminate stop and Frisk X Reduce the Number of prisoners on Riker Island = More Shootings in Downtown Brooklyn. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that equation.
Oct. 20, 8:19 am
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Lol Tom Not too many rocket scientists in Brooklyn anymore Stop and frisk worked but the politicians bend over for votes
Oct. 20, 1:52 pm
John Travolta from Brooklyn says:
And you spend a Big Budget putting more police on the streets in New York City and can’t stop the crime that’s commercial hmmm. Tells a lot about you ——ing Pigs 🐷 you are a bunch of fat thieving ugly cops stealing money from the peoples tax money —— the Police
Oct. 22, 9:07 am
Adamben from Bedstuy says:
Stop and frisk did not work. Crime was the same when they stopped. AryanputintRump trolls go back to the motherland, darn ruskies!!!
Oct. 22, 1:53 pm

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