Innocent Bystander Killed By Crossfire In Crown Heights Shooting

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A wild shooting in Brooklyn on Monday night left two people dead — one an innocent bystander shot while sitting next to her daughter.

Police say Denise Gay, 56, was caught in the crossfire between Leroy Webster and Randy Johnson. Gay was sitting on a stoop talking with her 20-year-old daughter when she was hit.

“Johnson and Webster got into a dispute. Why? We’re not certain,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Crime scene detectives were going over the shooting scene in Crown Heights earlier Tuesday, CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman reported.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria with the victim’s sister

The victim’s sister, Barbara, told CBS 2 that Gay, who recently retired as a home health aid, was shot in the head. Gay’s family had been planning to celebrate her birthday Friday, but will now be planning her funeral.

“Me and my roommate heard shots,” said Kendra Zimmerman, a Crown Heights resident, said. “We live right over here on the block and we thought it might be fireworks or something.”

Officials say Webster, a career criminal with a long rap sheet, shot and killed Johnson. After killing Johnson, police say Webster opened fire at responding officers.

Bullet fragments struck Officer Omar Medina, 36, in the arm and chest; Officer Avichaim Dicken was grazed by a bullet. Police say the officers returned fire and Webster is now in critical condition at Kings County Hospital.

The two officers are expected to recover after leaving the hospital on Tuesday.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane: Mayor Bloomberg Aims At Washington

“It was a senseless murder and I think another painful reminder of what happens when elected officials in Washington fail to take the problems of illegal guns seriously,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The shooting caps a particularly violent Labor Day weekend in New York City: 42 people were shot in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.

“It’s a shame.  It’s really unfortunate that people can’t go out and enjoy themselves without hurting others,” one woman told Guzman.

Kelly said some of the shootings over the weekend were incidents related to the West Indian Day Parade, which has been the scene of fatal shootings in 2003 and 2005.

Do you agree with Mayor Bloomberg that not enough is being done to regulate illegal guns? Or are there enough gun laws on the books? Sound off in our comments section.

  • Animal Planet

    Hey by the way, I just saw your mother getting owned by to well hung slaves, She was heard saying she enjoyed being whipped and stripped.

  • jimmy

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close their bad cases.
    Several FBI and DEA in the San Francisco Bay Area where supplying drugs to gangs for resale. The drugs had been stolen from evidence vaults. To maximize profit, evidence was mostly stolen from cases involving suspects that had payed bribes.

  • thor's hammer

    wasn’t the city cutting down on the time and length of parades to save money on? the tragic loss of ms gay, who served others as a home health aide through murder, and the loss of other life and attack on the officers cannot and should not be forgiven. this lowlife is/was a career criminal. time to protect society and have 2 strikes and you’re in for life. no cushy perks in prison (education, tv, computers). we the people are sick & tired of footing the bill. aclu be darned. what about the civil liberties of the victims of these skels? no excuses, no forigiveness. justice for the victims only, and spare us the rubbish that the skel was the victim of a bad upbringing/drugs/alcohol.

  • Enough Bloomburg!

    This Parade should be cut down in time and distance. For those who are ignorant enough to say it’s the plight of the people wake up! This event constantly causes problems not only with the good citizens of the community but the Police who are undermanned in this event. This is the number one event where officers give the O/T away and prefer to give up vacation days. Take action and you’re wrong. Don’t take action and you’re wrong. You can’t satisfy everyone but blaming illegal handguns is a stupid political excuse by the Mayor. Also the Mayor cries poverty! Cut out all these parades through out the year which don’t bring in revenue and let some other city deal with thses problems.

  • Mr Clean

    WRONG! It was a dispute over a roll of partially used toilet paper spotted by both of them at roughly the same time. Guess Leroy really did not want to share.

  • Don

    I can imagine what the Mayor would do if the St, Patrick’s Day parade or Columbus Day parade produced the same results.

  • White

    I betcha poor Randy took Leroy’s last chicken nugget. That be grounds for dismissal.

    • Nexus

      Nah whats on grounds for dismissal is the Dirty Sanchez that Leroy performed on your mother and sister the other day. They enjoy dark meat between there cheeks.

  • aaaaa

    The numbers are wrong, the article states 42, it’s actually 24 people that were shot within 24 hours of the mentioned locations

  • NY Jim

    Give me a break, the system as always failed & allowed this to happen. If the dude is a “career criminal” & has a rap sheet a mile long he shouldn’t have been on the streets at all !!! It’s the shyster lawyers & their golf buddy judges that killed this poor guy. The monkey that pulled the trigger just did all that they know how to do. Thinking & reasoning aren’t options for these people.

  • An Embarrassment that needs to end!!

    What a wonderful cultural event they are having each year in Brooklyn. Perhaps the New Yorks State Department of Environmental Conservation should issue Special Hunting Permits for the two days before Labor Day that allow the taking of people on Felony Probation, anyone with an unlawful gun and Gang members who are wearing their Colors. Shotgun only and no bag limit. That should cull the herd down quite a bit.

  • coldair

    I wonder if any of the guns are from fast and furious or operation castaways that gave guns to the MS13.

    Hey bloomberg your own President is giving guns to the drug cartels, what did you expect would happen?

  • Savannah

    These things happens all over the world. It has nothing to do with race. You are so ignorant. Do you remember what happened in Norway a couple of weeks ago and also in Arizona in January? I guess not. None of these shooters were black. Im soooo tired of this ignorance. Stop blaming black people! Its so easy to blame it on a race. Get some education!!!

  • kurt

    What do you mean by jungle? What are black neighborhoods jungles? Let me inform you that the West Indian parade is the biggest, let me repeat that, the biggest money making event in New York. And Bloomberg knows it. You cannot punish everyone for the acts of some idiots. There are idiots in all races and I think you are one.
    You want to talk about jungle, what about when the Russian was going around killing everyone in Sheepshead Bay or the little Jewish boy that was killed. Those things happened in your so-called neighborhood. So how do you like your jungle?

    • Shut it down!!

      Too bad the money taken that day is largely untaxed as many of the vendors are third world miscreants. One life taken by gunfire is worth more then all the illegal money made that day by the vendors, gun renters and drug dealers that proliferate throughout the neighborhood in the days before Labor Day and Labor day itself.

  • LG

    What the hell is going over there? It’s like the wild wild west all over again!!

  • rodelu

    This is not about race, it is about culture. People think they can just settle their difference by shooting others. With total disregard for human life, which is prescious. Gun control, will not stop violence. Teach people respect for human life from a very young age. That will help.

    • jtorres

      That sounds good on paper but like the Just Say No camapign, your idea is rather naive. When your mother is a crack-addicted prostitute, you have no father to speak of, your brothers are out selling drugs and guns and you’re busy trying to stay alive in your demilitarized zone of a neighborhood, the sanctity of human life is real low on your list of priorities. If no one is around to teach it to you by word or by example, just how exactly are you supposed to learn it?

  • end it!!!

    It is time for the West Indian parade to go!!! Or spilt it up into differ areas, if the event planners can secure the people then game over!!!! When other communities want to have a large event or parade the event organizers are responsible otherwise they won’t get the proper permits for the next year. BLOOMERG and Kelly need step up to the plate and end it!!!!!! Stop blaming others!!

  • CR

    To CR,
    stop mooching off your mama & get a real job. this way you will have purpose in your life instead of posting stupid comments.

  • Mike

    The problem isn’t the illegal guns. NYC has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. These thugs will always find ways to get their hands on a firearm if they want one. The real problem is that the nypd has been drastically cut and is constantly expected to do more with less. That coupled with the fact that the district attorneys office and the judges and juries of this city fail us by allowing these violent criminals back out on the streets on a regular basis. Bloomberg is entirely out of touch with reality.

    • Truthful 1

      Mike, the problem is illegal guns and low manning together. Guns don’t kill people, illegal guns kill people!!

  • Mr. C

    Illegal weapons and Washington’s indifference to the issue is alarming. What’s more alarming, as I am a Brooklyn resident myself, is the fact that the City still allows the Labor Day celebration to happen at all. As a native New Yorker, the Labor Day parade has become synonymous with violence as opposed to celebration. Many residents don’t even dare attending. Why this event STILL manages to get approved by the City is something that I will never understand …

    • joey from B'hurst

      This is a festival of death. It celebrates many west Indian traditions…bloodshed, rape, robbery. Bring back the Crown to rule these infidels.

  • stansanginko

    Anti gun laws will never stop violence or illegal guns. If laws were the answer then we would have no illegal drugs on the streets ensaring the young.
    This also proves that the mayor is not one to let a tragic oipportunity go by withoug promoting his politicial veiws.
    I lived in Japan for several years and killings there occur all the time even though guns are very hard to come by. When violence erupts they kill with long knives.

    • Steve

      So you are saying that the Mayor should simply ignore the flow of illegal guns, supplied (heavily) by the Southern States? From your comment, I would agree that it is human nature to kill (but I would applaud the Mayor for at least trying to reduce the amount of gun violence).

      THANK YOU, NRA – as your ongoing, shameless bribery of congress will help to make more senseless violence (such as this) a possibility.

      • bryan

        The NRA fights for peoples rights. This has nothing to do with the NRA. Maybe instead of changing laws for Bloomy to get a 3rd term, then changing them back so nobody else can do it also, he should be focusing on targeting these thugs that are commiting the crimes.

        Criminals do not follow laws. Laws don’t apply to them. Hence the long rap sheet comment. Maybe if honest civilians were able to defend themselves with guns, there would be less gun violence. This is proven in states that allow concealed carry.

        Stop allowing criminals to live life in jail, just kill them. Save the tax payers the money. That will allow room in the jails and save us from trying to change animals that will never change.

        Bloomy is a pig and will never stop trying to throw his political agenda down our throats.

  • gameface1326

    how is it the mayors fault?

    • The Facts

      He allowed the police force to shrink by 6,000 officers. He allowed the parade to go on despite its long history of violence. He appoints the criminal court and family court judges.



    • what????????????

      dont see how this is a disgrace to his race any more than this is a disgrace to the race of those that claim to celebrate with the West Indian festivities and (unfortunately repeatedly) turn the event into a violent nightmare

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