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A senior lawyer in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration was among three men shot before the West Indian Day Parade festivities in Brooklyn early Monday, police said.
First Deputy Counsel Carey Gabay remains in critical condition after he was shot in the head at around 3:40 a.m. ET, authorities told NBC News.
Describing the 43-year-old as a “kind-hearted man” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement that Mr Gabay was a “Harvard-educated lawyer who works for the State because he wants to give back to others and make a difference.”
“Carey is a friend to all who have the pleasure of meeting him,” he said. “I ask that New Yorkers join us by keeping him, his wife Trenelle and his family in their prayers at this time.”
Calling the shooting “tragic” he said it was “the latest heartbreaking reminder that the crime of gun violence must stop.”
“Enough young, innocent people have died and it must stop now,” he said.
Police said that it appeared that Gabay was caught in the crossfire during a shootout between two groups in the run-up to the J'Ouvert Festival, an event that kicked off at 4 a.m. Monday.
They have not yet released any information on a possible suspect.
Another 24-year-old man was pronounced dead at the hospital after he was fatally stabbed in the body during a large fight at Empire Boulevard and Bedford Avenue.
Another man in the fight, 21, was shot in the buttocks. He was listed in stable condition at New York Methodist Hospital, authorities said.
A 39-year-old man also was gunned down at about 4:20 a.m. authorities said. Like Mr Gabay, he was also rushed to Kings County hospital, and he is expected to survive.
Rosanna Arlia contributed to this report.