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Police Catch Suspect In Deadly Shooting At Coney Island Housing Project

Coney Island Shooting Suspect Joseph Brown. (credit: NYPD)

Coney Island shooting suspect Joseph Brown (credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police apprehended a suspect early Saturday in a shooting that left a man dead and three others injured in a public housing development in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

As 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported, the shooting spree happened around 3:47 p.m. Friday in a fifth-floor apartment in the Gravesend Houses public housing building at 2703 W. 33rd St. in Brooklyn, police said.

An unidentified man was shot in the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two of the three survivors were all taken to Lutheran Medical Center. They included a 24-year-old man in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, and a 62-year-old woman in critical condition with a wound to the abdomen.

Another victim, a 40-year-old man, was treated on the scene with a graze wound to the head.

Around 6 a.m. Saturday, police apprehended Joseph Brown, 29, who was identified as a suspect in the shootings on Friday night.

Brown allegedly entered the apartment and shot the victims. The motive remained under investigation Saturday.

Sources told CBS 2 that Brown knocked on the family’s door Friday afternoon and asked for a man inside. He then allegedly killed that man execution style before shooting the other victims on his way out.

Afterward, helicopters hovered overhead as police searched for Brown. At one point, officers in tactical gear searched the building across the street, wearing heavy Kevlar vests and combat-style helmets, and carrying ballistic shields.

The shooting did not surprise one woman who lives down the street, and who talked to WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

“There’s always shooting here,” she said. “There’s always somebody. There’s always gunshots here.”

Charges against Brown were pending late Saturday morning.

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