Gov. Andrew Cuomo before West Indian Parade.

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An aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo was shot in the head early Monday and was in critical condition last night authorities.

The shooting that left Carey Gabay clinging to life came hours after a man was stabbed to death and another wounded by gunfire in the wee hours before the West Indian Day Parade.

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Gabay was reportedly with his brother in Bed-Stuy when gunfire erupted at around 3:45 a.m. at Bedford Avenue and Montgomery Street. Paramedics rushed him to Kings County Hospital.


The New York Daily News reporteda gun was recovered and a suspect arrestednear the crime scene.

"Carey is a friend to all who have the pleasure of meeting him. I ask that New Yorkers join us by keeping him, his wife Trenelle and his family in their prayers at this time," Cuomo said in a statement late Monday morning.

Gabay was appointed as an attorney for the Empire State Development in January.

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“This tragic shooting – this one by another seemingly random bullet – is the latest heartbreaking reminder that the crime of gun violence must stop. Enough young, innocent people have died, and it must stop now," the governor added.

In the earlier incident, police said the two men were found bleeding at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Plaza Street East in Brooklyn at Grand Army Plaza, along the annual parade route celebrating Caribbean culture.

Revelers often kick off festivities with J'Ouvert before dawn breaks.

One of the victims, an unidentified 24-year-old man, was stabbed in his torso. A second 21-year-old man was shot in his buttocks, police said.

Paramedics rushed both men to New York Methodist Hospital, where authorities said the stabbing victim was pronounced dead.

The shooting victim was listed in stable condition and is expected to recover. NYPD said no arrests have been made as of Monday morning.

ABC7 reportedat least two other non-fatal shootingsduring the early morning parties.

The city deployed an extra 1,500 police officers to patrol the celebration,the New York Daily News reported.

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