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N.Y. lawmaker witnesses gang-related killing before anti-gang gathering in Brooklyn

September 24, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
N.Y. lawmaker witnesses gang-related killing before anti-gang gathering in Brooklyn

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A lawmaker in Brooklyn, New York was getting ready for a community gathering on gang violence when he observed a real-life example of a gang-related killing that occurred just outside of his window, which included the sound of gunfire and a fleeing, bloodied victim.

“We saw people running, and one guy was running, and he was shot in the back — you could see the blood,” state Senator Jesse Hamilton said to the New York Post.

On Wednesday afternoon, Hamilton was in the first-floor recreation center of the Howard House preparing for his meeting when he heard the sound of gunfire.

Moments later, a bloodied victim of a gang-related killing who was near death, tried to flee as he limped past the window. Hamilton and his staff called 911 and ran outside to help.

The scene of the incident where a man was fatally shot in Brooklyn.Photo: Facebook

The scene of the incident where a man was fatally shot in Brooklyn.Photo: Facebook

There he saw 28-year-old Rysheen Ervin fall to the ground on his hands and knees. “Blood started coming out of his mouth,” Hamilton stated. “He was saying, ‘Oh, my God. Oh, my God!’ ”

Ervin was shot multiple times in the torso outside of the housing project just after 3 pm in an incident thought to be gang-related, according to law enforcement officials.

His shooter has not yet been apprehended.

Ervin succumbed to his injuries and passed away after he was rushed to Brookdale Hospital.

“It’s ironic because we’re doing this to stop the gang violence, but the sad part is it’s something that’s common,” Hamilton said. “I was traumatized. I don’t think people literally understand what’s happening here.”

The community activist also added that an ambulance arrived at the scene about 11 or 12 minutes after the initial call was made, but an FDNY spokesperson said EMS arrived just four minutes after getting the emergency call.

City housing worker Renee Donaldson, 66, remembered how police frantically tried to revive Ervin before the ambulance came.

“They worked on that young man. They worked very diligently to try to save that young man’s life,” Donaldson said. “The ambulance was delayed. They were pumping his chest.”

Hamilton said that about 50 community officials convened for the first of many meetings on Wednesday.

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