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Coney Islanders respond to shooting of local mother

Speaking out: Ronald Stewart, who supervises the outreach arm of the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative, spoke out against gun violence on Wednesday at a protest outside the house of a recent shooting victim.
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Coney Islanders rallied in the wake of the neighborhood’s latest senseless shooting on Wednesday, banning together under signs that read “Life is a gift” and “We stand for change” to make one simple demand — stop shooting us!

“We are out here because we’re deeply in love with our community, and we want to make sure that our community is safe,” said Ronald Stewart, who supervises the outreach arm of the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative, which helped organize the protest. The local collaborative educates resident about de-escalation tactics, provides counseling, and trains people to deal with trauma, according to its website.

The recent tragedy occurred on July 7, when a shooter fired a stray bullet that burst through the window of a local mom’s W. 28th Street home between Mermaid and Surf avenues, slamming into her leg at 11 a.m.

Paramedics rushed the 44-year-old victim to Lutheran Hospital in stable condition, while police nabbed a suspect the following day, cops said.

Sunday’s is the eighth shooting within the 60th Precinct, which includes Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Sea Gate, in a year marred by gun violence. In 2018, the precinct reported only two such incidents, according to police data.

The borough at large is doing slightly better than Coney, with 143 shootings this year compared to 141 total for 2018, but the slight degrade in violence has failed to prevent other rallies, including a demonstration in Bedford-Stuyvesant last month.

On Wednesday, protesters urged community members to spread the word about gun safety and to help their loved ones to get counseling to prevent escalations in violence. Some speakers even raised their voices to address residents in nearby housing.

“Stop looking out behind the window, stop hiding behind the Playstation, and pull somebody back from the edge,” said Derek Latif Scott, the director of Operation Hood, another anti-violence initiative that co-hosted the protest.

And despite the uptick in shootings, activists argued that the community could stop the attacks.

“We have the solutions,” said Stewart. “Talk to your neighbor. Talk to your children. Talk to your friends and family members and let them know that Coney Island is our home.”

Reach reporter Rose Adams at radams@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–8306.
Posted 12:00 am, July 12, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Winnifred D'Pooh from Coney Island says:
If they are (as they "claim") against violence - then why was this MOTHER LOVER shot?! Who did it, huh??????????????????????????????
July 12, 5:27 am
Qdoba Sanchez says:
They’re acting like it’s the guns when it’s the culture of their people. It glorifies violence, prison and bad behavior. Another generation is being ruined by toxic rap music and bad parenting. They carry weapons and then get into ‘disputes’ and guess what happens? The politicians and pastors in your community have all failed you. The truth hurts but the PC nonsense has to stop if you want progress
July 12, 6:39 am
Shut Up from Coney Island says:
Qdoba Sanchez, go somewhere esle with your racist and shallow rhetoric. "Their people?" Are you referring to Black people? Now every Black person listens to rap music. Not all rap music glorifies gun violence. What we need are better polices surrounding community engagement and more access to quality, high paying jobs. What we need is for people like you to keep you shallow and empty thoughts to yourself. If you have real advice other than "stop listening to rap music, let's hear it. White people listen to rap music. White people also make rap music. As do Mexicans and other Latinx people. When they kill each other, we don't say "they need to stpo listenign to rap music. We don't say "it's their culture". Think before you type next time or go out in the community and lend a hand, you pompous, self righteous ——.
July 12, 9:51 am
K. from ArKady says:
Black people got the N.W.A, white people got the N.R.A. At least the former limit themselves to the entertainment sphere and don't attempt to craft domestic policy to promote fear and violence.
July 12, 1:17 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Shut Up from Coney Island, I don't know the person personally who says "Those People" so I don't know if he's actually a racist or making a fair statement. Can you deny that people of color commit the overwhelmingly majority of crime in this city? New York City's statistics show that 93% of people serving time in jail for violent crimes are people of color. Are you going to blame that on the police also? When will minorities stopped with the blaming game and start looking at reality. Isn't it true that large percentage of black teenagers are growing up in single parent households? Is that the fault of society? The way I see it is you need to stop listening to people like Al Sharpton who walks around with $3000 suits and lives in a fantasy mostly white building in Manhattan and keeps an office in the black community for appearances. He's the one that points to "those people" be it white politicians, police or any one else that he thinks can get your attention and blame them for your unhappiness in the black community. It's time to take responsibility for the actions that have taken place in your community because blaming other people is not the answer.
July 12, 1:21 pm
MS. MARGO from CONEY ISLAND says:
Amen Bob. The only way to solve this problem is to build stronger families. Remember this is not a random crime. He shot his own mother.
July 12, 2:01 pm
Henry says:
Calling everything you don’t like to hear ‘racist’ is what stifles conversation and nothing ever gets done. That’s what the Democrats do. You cannot criticize any group or you will be labeled a bigot. If Hasidic Jews were shooting each other up every weekend they would be called out. I don’t see South Asians running around firing guns and killing innocent bystanders. If it walks like a duck......
July 14, 2:36 pm
Henry says:
If it sounds like a racist....
July 14, 9:55 pm
Henry says:
Then they probably voted for trump.
July 14, 9:55 pm

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