Sketch released in shooting of Cuomo aide; Eric Adams looks to increase parade safety

CROWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (WABC) -- Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams spoke out Thursday before holding an emergency meeting to address the violence at and around the J'Ouvert celebrations before the annual West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day.

The meeting comes as the NYPD released a sketch of a man they are looking for connected to the shooting that critically injured an aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The sketch shows a bearded man draped in a Jamaican flag, the suspected gunman in the shooting of 43-year-old attorney Carey Gabay during a pre-dawn party in Crown Heights.

The midnight parade has taken place for years without a permit from the city, but after four people were shot and two stabbed this year, Adams is looking at ways to make it safer.

Gabay is still listed in critical condition at Kings County Hospital, and police believe the suspect is a local gang member who opened fire at a rival among hundreds who were peacefully enjoying the festivities.

The first deputy counsel for the governor was shot at about 3:47 a.m. The suspect is described as a black man in his late teens or early 20s who was wearing a white T-shirt and black pants.

In a statement Tuesday, his family said "Carey remains in critical condition and is currently in an induced coma surrounded by his loved ones. Our family is thankful for the outpouring of prayers that we've received in the aftermath of this senseless violence. Carey has always been an inspiration to all of us and he continues to inspire us with his fight for survival. We are leaning on our faith and asking for continued support during this extremely difficult time."

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