As we mentioned yesterday, there was a shooting on Greenpoint Ave. Police now have the suspect in custody — a 51-year-old, retired cop named Gene Barrett. He’s being charged with attempted murder, robbery, assault, burglary and menacing.
Around 2:30 p.m. Monday, on Greenpoint Avenue near the intersection of McGuinness Boulevard in the Greenpoint section, police said 51-year-old Gene Barrett shot another man outside on the sidewalk… The victim’s girlfriend has lived in the same apartment building as Barrett for 13 years and has an ongoing dispute with the suspect, police said. The victim has been her boyfriend for about two years and by extension, was becoming involved in the disputes. Barrett retreated into her apartment after the shooting, holing up there for nearly an hour.
Police said he took the victim’s keys and cell phone from his pocket, then ran back into her apartment. The victim’s girlfriend heard something was going on and called the cell phone. The suspect answered and told her to come home, where she found the shooting scene.
The nature of the latest dispute remains unclear, although it is generally believed to be issues over parking, and accusations about neighbors deflating his tires and cameras watching him at all times.
The suspect has filed at least 12 complaints about his neighbors with police. None of them has amounted to anything.
The owner of the building told detectives that Barrett has been a problematic tenant and that he calls repeatedly claiming there are bed bug infestations, leaks and is generally combative.
Barrett left the NYPD on disability in the summer of 2002. Police found two firearms on him, and questioned him at the 94th Precinct stationhouse overnight.
The name of the victim has not yet been released. He remains in grave condition at Bellevue Hospital.