CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN (WPIX)—Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for stricter gun control legislation following a bloody night in Brooklyn that ended in the deaths of three people, including a mother, and the injury of two NYPD officers. The shooting was just the latest in Labor Day weekend violence that left over 40 people shot, several of them fatally.
The shootout in Crown Heights began at about 9 p.m. when two men exchanged gunfire near the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Park Place. Officers, who were in the area on special duty for the West Indian Day Parade, immediately responded to the scene.
The gunmen began firing at responding officers, who fired back and killed one of the gunmen at the scene. The other gunman died from his injuries at Kings County Hospital.
During the shootout, one of the gunmen struck 56-year-old mother Denise Gay. Gay, an innocent bystander, had been sitting on her stoop with her daughter and died immediately from the gunshot. This gunman was said to have had an extensive criminal background.
"It was a senseless murder, and another painful reminder I think of what happens when elected officials in Washington are fail to take the problem of illegal guns seriously," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a speech at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. "It is a matter of life and death, and in this case the death was an innocent New Yorker."
Two NYPD police officers also suffered minor gunshot wounds.
Omar Medina, 36, was stuck by bullet fragments in his left arm and chest. He was transported to Brookdale Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
Medina has been serving the NYPD for nearly eight years.
A bullet grazed the left elbow of Avichaim Dicken, who is being treated at Methodist Hospital. He has been on the force for slightly over eight years.
Both Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly visited Police Officers Medina and Dicken in the hospital early Tuesday morning.
Monday night's shooting was just another following a rash of gun violence over Labor Day weekend in New York City that left over 40 people shot, several of them fatally.
In addition, just earlier in the day in Crown Heights, two men were shot at about 2:30 p.m. on Eastern Parkway during the West Indian Day Parade. One man was shot in the leg. The other man was critically injured when he was shot in the stomach.
Only an hour and a half later, further down Eastern Parkway at Nostrand Avenue, another man was shot in the leg.
Mayor Bloomberg stated early Tuesday that stricter laws need to be passed to prevent the sale of illegal guns and gun violence on the streets.
"This is a national problem requiring national leadership, but at the moment neither end of Pennsylvania Avenue has had the courage to take basic steps that would save lives," said Mayor Bloomberg.
"I wish Federal representatives from around the country were here with me here tonight to speak with Officer Medina and Officer Dicken, and hear about the dangers they and all of the other New York Finest have to confront every single day.
"And I wish they would visit the family of Denise Gay, and explain why they didn't want to press for common sense reforms like closing the gun show loophole. That would save a lot of lives all across this country."