Carey Gabay, an aide in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, has been injured, along with several others, after being struck by a stray bullet just before the West Indian Day Parade in New York City Monday morning, according to reports.
During a series of stabbings and shootings, one man was reportedly killed, and the first shooting happened at at about 2 a.m. at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, before a pre-planned march that had been scheduled to take place prior to the parade.
Gabay, 43, was shot in the head in the Crown Heights area at about 3:40 a.m., and has been listed in critical condition at Kings County Hospital, reports said.
He is currently the first deputy counsel of Empire State Development for the state. Police said Gabay was caught in the crossfire of gang members firing at each other.
No arrests have currently been made in the matter.
Gov. Cuomo’s office has released the following statement regarding the shooting:
“Early this morning, Carey Gabay – a member of our administration – was shot in Brooklyn. Carey is now in critical condition at Kings County Hospital. Carey is first deputy general counsel at Empire State Development, and was formerly an assistant counsel to the governor.”
“Carey is an outstanding public servant who joined our administration in 2011. He is a Harvard-educated lawyer who works for the state because he wants to give back to others, and make a difference. He is just 43 years old, and is a kind-hearted man. 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.
“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.”
Gabay’s wife, Trenelle, is reportedly pregnant with the couple’s first child.