Officials call for city intervention after Coney Island double shooting
Two men were shot while in front of a Coney Island home on Saturday, prompting local leaders to demand increased violence prevention resources in the area.
Two men were shot while in front of a Coney Island home on Saturday, prompting a call from local leaders to demand increased violence prevention resources in the area.
The latest shooting on Saturday left two men injured after an unidentified suspect sprayed bullets in front of the two-story Brooklyn home.
One victim was a 22-year-old black male who was shot in the neck, the other a 32-year-old black male who survived a gunshot to his leg. Both remain in stable condition.
On Sunday, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and City Council Member Mark Treyger joined a group for residents and comment leaders at the site of the shooting on Mermaid Avenue and West 31st Street.
Together, the officials requested that the city devote more police resources to the neighborhood, especially along the Coney Island boardwalk so that the local precinct could focus on residential areas.
The elected leaders also asked that the city use Sandy recover funds to drive an job creation initiative, and that the Housing Authority open up local communal spaces and centers to all residents.
"The west end of Coney Island has historically been ignored and disrespected and not provided the resources and services needed to break this cycle of violence," Treyger said in a statement on Saturday. "We can't just focus on the neighborhood during the summer or during events like today's Brooklyn Half Marathon, when the city reaps the benefits of the amusement area."
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