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Gun violence continued unabated in Brooklyn on Monday night as a 21-year-old man was shot dead at a public housing complex.   The murder happened on the penultimate day in June 2020, a month that saw disturbing spikes in shootings and related deaths.
It was also the day before the city’s budget deadline, and it appears a $1 billion reduction in the NYPD budget is imminent following weeks of continuous protests against police brutality.   Monday night’s homicide in Brooklyn took place 6:10 p.m. on June 29 in the lobby of an apartment building at the Weeksville Houses, located at 1610 Dean St.   That’s where cops from the 77th Precinct found the 21-year-old man shot multiple times in the chest. Paramedics rushed him to Kings County Hospital where he was dead on arrival.   According to witnesses, the gunman also sprayed passing vehicles, but no one else was hit by gunfire.   “I am lucky to be alive, I just drove through the area, I see flashes from the gun and the gun ran off. I look and have holes in my rear door.” said Uber driver Ibrahim Jalloh, who was driver a Toyota Highlander when the vehicle door and windows was hit by bullets.   A Uber car door was riddled with bullets. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell) Sai Madivala, a resident of the Weeksville Houses, said his family was barbecuing when the shooting occurred.   “We were having a barbecue and then I saw the cops racing over here. I saw a man laying in the lobby,”  said Madivala.   A second shooting occurred at 1:36 a.m. on June 30 at 326 Sutter Ave., in the Van Dyke Houses, where a 24-year-old man took a bullet to the chest.   Police from PSA2 and the 73rd Precinct fanned out looking for clues, but encountered a belligerent crowd, forcing them to seal off the area as they searched for evidence.   Officials say the victim has been uncooperative at this time. The gunman remains at large.  

Anyone with information in regard to these shootings can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

Spent shell casing lay on the ground after a 21 year old man was shot and killed in front of 1615 Dean Street. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

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Nearly half of June shootings plagued 10 precincts: NYPD

Nearly half of the city’s 205 shootings played out across 10 historically crime-ridden precincts during the bloodiest June on record since 1996, NYPD stats show.

With 39 murder victims and at least 270 wounded in the gunplay, the troubling 30-day period posted a 130-percent increase in shootings from the same month in 2019.

Victims as young as 11 were wounded by bullets that flew through the city’s roughest and richest neighborhoods during all hours of the day and night — at the same time mass protests against police brutality swept the city.

“Almost half of the shootings in June are in 10 precincts,” Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri said Monday, following a bloody weekend that saw 39 people shot in just six-and-a-half hours overnight Saturday. “Those communities are being overrun by the small percentage of gang members who have no regard for their own life and absolutely zero regard for the community.”

Data reviewed by The Post show that 90 of the shootings — or 44 percent — happened across 10 precincts in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Harlem.

A cluster of six precincts in Brooklyn accounted for 50 of the June shootings.

Police at the scene of a shooting in Brooklyn.William Lopez

Not one saw more gunplay than the 73rd in Brownsville, where 22 victims were wounded in 15 shootings. There have been 35 shootings in the precinct this year through July 5 — a 169 percent increase from the 13 incidents the same time last year, according to NYPD data.

The nearby 75th Precinct in East New York saw the third most shootings in June: 12 with 16 victims. The neighboring 67th ranked ninth out of the city’s 77 precincts, followed by the 71st, 81st and 79th, respectively.

Three precincts in the Bronx — the 44th, 46th and 42nd — tallied a combined 32 shootings.

Among the 45 victims gunned down in those three precincts was 17-year-old Brandon Hendricks, whose tragic final words were a flashpoint in the month of murder.

“Yo Bam, I love you. Call my mom,” the recent high school graduate and standout basketball star reportedly told a friend as he died on the street in Morris Heights.

Police say he was gunned down by 22-year-old Najhim Luke, who was arrested last week on murder charges. Authorities have not revealed a motive in the killing. Hendricks’ family has said he was hit by a stray bullet.

The only precinct outside of Brooklyn and the Bronx in the bloody Top 10 was the 23rd Precinct in East Harlem, where there were eight shootings and nine wounded, but no murders, according to the NYPD.

While most of the shootings played out in crime hotbeds across the city, there were some outliers. A 19-year-old woman was murdered in Manhattan’s Flatiron district on June 26, police said. Rudy Osias, 27, of Bayswater, Queens, has been charged in the killing.

The surge in violence also correlates with the disbanding of the NYPD’s anti-crime unit of plainclothes officers who focused on taking guns off the street. In the two weeks following the 600-cop squad’s disbanding, shootings surged 205 percent compared to the same time in 2019.

Police at the scene of shooting in Brooklyn.William Lopez

The NYPD has blamed the shootings on non-existent or flawed public policies, including a wave of prisoner releases due to COVID concerns and bail reform.

“The NYPD did have a voice, and our voice was ignored. We recommended 96 percent of that population not to be released. It was ignored,” LiPetri said.

De Blasio announced on Friday a “Take Back the Block” initiative to combat gun violence, in which “community leaders, community organizations [will walk] with police officers, showing common cause. City Hall specifically mentioned the Harlem corner of Lenox Avenue and West 143rd Street as a target area for Saturday — but it’s more than 20 blocks north of the precinct that saw the most gun violence in Manhattan last month.

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