New York governor's aide in coma after being shot in head
Published 09/09/2015 | 06:09
An aide to New York governor Andrew Cuomo is fighting for his life after being shot in the head when he was caught in the crossfire between two gangs in Brooklyn.
Carey Gabay, a first deputy general counsel at Empire State Development, was shot during a pre-dawn party celebrating the West Indian Day parade.
Police called Mr Gabay an unintended victim of an exchange of more than two dozen shots from up to three guns at 3.40am on Monday near the parade route.
Investigators are still searching for the shooters.
Bloodshed before or after the West Indian Day celebration has become a familiar part of the parade routine. Last year, a recent parolee opened fire into a crowd of revellers, killing one man and wounding several others. And in 2013, a one-year-old boy sitting in his stroller was killed by a bullet meant for his father.
In a statement, Mr Gabay's family said he was in a coma and "surrounded by his loved ones" at a Brooklyn hospital.
Mr Cuomo called the 43-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer "an outstanding public servant" who joined his administration in 2011.
Police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters that investigators are focusing on two gangs whose members are well-known to the New York Police Department.
The shooting was one of several outbursts of violence in the neighbourhoods surrounding the parade, including the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old man.
Police arrested a suspect in a separate shooting that occurred shortly before Mr Gabay was wounded.
Mr Cuomo pushed through a 2013 gun control law in New York in the wake of the Newtown elementary school massacre in Connecticut. He supports stronger gun laws on the federal level.