Bushwick teen shot 14 times after robbing bodega with fake gun

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Eighteen-year-old Sergio Reyes died Sunday morning after holding up Garden Deli — which is just a block from the Jefferson L stop — with a fake gun. Police caught up with him soon after on Star Street, where he was shot and killed. He was in possession of the fake gun when he was confronted:

The high school senior who was killed by police officers after allegedly holding up a Bushwick bodega with a fake gun was shot 14 times, according to the city Medical Examiner’s office.

Sergio Reyes, 18, who police said robbed Garden Deli, at 185 Starr St. — a few blocks from his Wilson Avenue home — had gunshot wounds to his torso, limbs, heart, lungs, aorta, spinal cord, liver, stomach and bones, said spokeswoman Julie Bolcer Monday night. The shooting was ruled a homicide. [Read more…]

Police rule Michael Sapp’s death outside of the Charleston a homicide

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Cops aren’t saying whether or not they have any suspects in the Michael Sapp case, but no arrests have been made. From the Brooklyn Paper:

Michael Sapp of Bedford-Stuyvesant died of severe head injuries three days after someone knocked him out in front of the Charleston on Bedford Avenue between N. Seventh and N. Eighth streets on June 14, according to police. The Medical Examiner last Wednesday ruled the death a homicide, cops said. [Read more…]

Body found in East River – ‘Guy only wearing boxers w a Mohawk pulled out in Greenpoint’

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Police think its likely Steven Middleton, who went missing earlier this week. From NY Post:

Cops found the body in the East River near the India Street pier at around 8:30 p.m., police said.
Law enforcement sources said that they believe it belongs to Steven Middleton, who went swimming Saturday morning after an all-night bender to celebrate a friend’s graduation.

Middleton and five others had slipped through a fence opening near the Williamsburg Bridge at 5:30 a.m. on June 26 to get to a pier with a ladder leading down to the water.

He was quickly caught in the swift current and was swept away.

This is of course terribly upsetting. From a firsthand account on Greenpointers:

I was sitting on the rocks at the end of Java St, where I go often to watch the sunset. I saw a big thing floating by way out in the the water — I thought it was maybe a big dead fish. Java is in between two piers; I wasn’t paying too much attention but as the lump got closer to the India St pier, a bunch of people rushed down to the middle of the pier and watched it. This was probably 8:30. Right as it went under the pier, several cops & firefighters came running down the pier, and I realized I could see flashing lights on India St. Someone yelled from the Transmitter pier “Hurry, get him out of the water! He’s still moving!” As far as I could tell, this was untrue, and the thing had not moved at all the whole time, other than being carried by the current. [Read more…]

WTF? This six-story monstrosity is a single-family residence

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That’s right, we said single-family residence. Um, enough already Williamsburg.

A new building has been revealed for the corner of Kent Avenue and North 7th Street in Williamsburg, and while it masquerades like mostly every new development in the area, there’s a catch: the pretty massive, seven-story building with ground floor retail will be a single-family residence. Designed by Michael Muroff Architect, the building will have 3,000-square-feet of commercial space and 9,771-square-feet of residential space. YIMBY eyed that the residence will have private elevator access, an underground garage elevator, and a third floor infinity pool. The construction of the massive manse will see the combining of three lots on Kent Avenue, lending the building the address 119-123 Kent Avenue. No word yet on pricing, but it will probably be pretty astronomical.

Update: Musician murders members of band The Yellow Dogs in East Williamsburg

The Yellow Dogs performing at Cameo in Williamsburg earlier this year

The Yellow Dogs performing at Cameo in Williamsburg

Update: The Yellow Dogs’ publicist has given a statement to Pitchfork saying the shooter was not a former member of the band:

The shooter was not a former member of the band The Yellow Dogs, he was in another band from Iran and the two groups were acquaintances in the past. A personal conflict between the guys resulted in the dissolution of their relationship in 2012. The shooting resulted in the death of two of the members of the Yellow Dogs, Sourosh Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), along with a friend of theirs, fellow musician and author Ali Eskandarian. The shooter died from a self inflicted bullet wound on site.

Previously:
In an extremely shocking attack early this morning a member of the Brooklyn band The Yellow Dogs murdered his bandmates before turning the gun on himself. From [Read more…]

Man Hit By L Train Last Night At DeKalb

And this just keeps happening.

A man was fatally struck by an L train last night in Brooklyn. According to police, the incident happened around 9:15 p.m. at the DeKalb Avenue station near Wyckoff Avenue, on the northbound L train tracks. The man was found about 200 feet past the station on the tracks, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither police nor FDNY could confirm how the man ended up so far away from the station. Last month, an intoxicated man who had crawled under the platform to “sleep it off” had his leg amputated after he was struck by a train in Queens. This is the seventh subway fatality of the year so far.
At least one person claimed the victim had jumped in front of the train, which the NYPD could not confirm. They took the Vine below of the scene last night.

Someone Got Hit By The L At Bedford Ave. This Morning

Via DNA:

The unidentified victim was struck by the Canarsie-bound train about 7:40 a.m. in the station at Bedford Avenue and North Seventh Street, an FDNY spokesman said.

“I was on the train and when it stopped the doors didn’t open and the conductor guy said somebody was on the tracks,” said Kirk Anderson, a construction worker who was on his way to work. “The people outside on the platform were saying that somebody jumped.”

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he’s expected to recover, cops said.

Police said it appears the man jumped into the path of the oncoming train, but they are still investigating the incident.

“I’ve heard about this happening, but it has never happened with me before,” Anderson added. “It’s very crazy and it’s happening a lot lately.”

Statue in Greenpoint’s McGorlick Park Vandalized


More images at Friends of McGorlick Park Facebook page.

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A treasured Brooklyn monument celebrating residents who fought in the Civil War was vandalized yesterday with buckets of paint.

The Greenpoint Monitor Statue — which depicts a man working on the USS Monitor, the legendary ironclad battleship — was desecrated with white paint over the head, shoulders and chest.

The bold vandal went so far as to scribble the initials “JJ” in the paint near the bottom of the McGolrick Park statue, which was erected in 1938.

“The neighborhood has a big historic connection to the Monitor because it was built in Greenpoint and stationed in Greenpoint,” said Phil DePaolo, a community activist. “It was big slap in the face to the community.”

As Gothamist points out the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Monitor is this Saturday.