An aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was struck in the head by a stray bullet early Monday morning before a parade in New York City.
Police told The New York Post that Carey Gabay, 43, walked past an argument around 3:40 a.m. ET in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn when shots rang out. Gabay ducked between two cars but was struck in the head and then rushed to the hospital, where he was in critical condition, police told the newspaper.
Cuomo confirmed in a statement that Gabay, a first deputy general counsel for his Empire State Development Corporation, was shot in Brooklyn.
Cuomo said the incident was another tragic reminder that more must be done to stop gun violence.
“This tragic shooting – this one by another seemingly random bullet – is the
latest heartbreaking reminder that the crime of gun violence must stop,” he said in the statement. “Enough young, innocent people have died, and it must stop now.”
The incident was one of several instances of violence that broke out in the early morning hours before the annual West Indian Day parade, according to the Associated Press.