All 3 suspects now in custody in shooting death of Carey Gabay, aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
3 suspects in custody in fatal shooting of Carey Gabay
Kemberly Richardson is live in Downtown Brooklyn with the latest details.

BROOKLYN, New York (WABC) -- All three suspected gunmen in the gang-related Brooklyn shootout that claimed the life of innocent bystander Carey Gabay have been taken into custody and charged with murder.

The owner of the murder weapon, who was located last September, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

The investigation into the Labor Day killing of the popular aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo identified multiple gangs believed involved in the gunfight during the J'Ouvert celebration that precedes the annual West Indian American Day Parade.

Twenty-four-year-old Micah Alleyne of Jamaica Queens was arrested last month, and is believed to have fired the shot that killed Gabay.

Numerous guns, including the murder weapon, have been recovered.

Since then, two more gunmen have been taken into custody. They are identified as Tyshawn Crawford, 21, of East New York, Brooklyn; and Keith Luncheon, 24, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Each faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the top count with which they are charged.

"When they see each other there's no talking, just shooting," said Ken Thompson, Brooklyn District Attorney.

Rival gang members who authorities say in a newly released surveillance video, are shooting at each other, into a crowd of hundreds who had gathered in Brooklyn, last September for J'ouvert.

Caught in that barrage of bullets was Gabay. The 43-year-old attorney worked for Governor Andrew Cuomo and was fatally hit in the head with a bullet.

Wednesday, the Brooklyn District Attorney announced the arrest and indictment of the three suspects, all charged with the murder outside of the Ebbets Field Apartments on September 7th.

"Those two gangs turned a joyous celebration into a killing field," Thompson said.

It was just after 3:30 in the morning.

Gabay was with his brother and three friends walking home.

What they didn't know was, authorities maintain, more than 20 members of rival gangs were there in the same area, many on a large patio.

At the exact moment Gabay and his friends walked by, the two groups opened fire.

"These defendants are charged with creating a killing field in a crowd of innocent people, showing depraved indifference to human life and causing the death of Carey Gabay, who used his Harvard education and commitment to public service to improve the lives of others," said Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson. "This indictment shows the importance of our efforts to put an end to gang-related gun violence that places innocent lives in the crossfire."

"In my history of this city, I've never seen an event in which so many individuals with so many weapons , with such depravity committed a crime, particularly a crime which resulted in the death of this young man," Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

Born in the Bronx, friends say Gabay defied the odds and temptations of the streets and went to Harvard for his undergraduate and law school, and was making his mark in the Governor's office.

"Carey's talent and his spirit are missed, he was truly unique, his story is New York at its best," said Alphonso David, Gabay's colleague.


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