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BrooklynBornThis blog started in my head when I listened in the 90's to friends who feared Brooklyn and newcomers who blogged about BK as if it barely existed before they arrived. Brooklyn as Tabula Rasa. My blog satisfies my need to hear and air feelings of B'klyn from the people whose life experience was born here. Also I hope to provide balance to some of the revisionist historical musings I've seen how Brooklyn and her residents used to be, we're still here. If we can all live as best possible while appreciating the past and neighbors we've inherited that would be great too.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Unfortunately 5 shot

Been hearing sirens and seeing helicopters flying all over downtown.
Fulton Shooting 10/27/08
I turned to 1010wins and 5 people were reported shot in barbershop on Fulton, I think I know the shop that would put it within a block or two of South Portland. One of the wounded may be an off-duty cop, makes me think many layers of story to come. Oh brooklyn when will you stop buckin'?
Fulton Shooting 10/27/08
No media reports online as of 2:27pm.

Update: Four shot, one dead, the wounded expected to recover, apparently it was a 2 on 1 gun battle up Fulton St, and the targeted man ran into barbershop/beauty salon.
As of 5:30pm the streets seem to be open.

This really is ridiculous, and not typical of what life has been like over the last ten-fourteen years but sadly it's still not outside the realm of possibility.

There are guns on the streets, there are depraved individuals who wield them and until we decide that these problems are important enough to address as a society, until we stop thinking that the building of stadiums and vacant overpriced condos can prevent these occurrences, they will happen. We are a society, a community, and the problems that are left untreated will reach us no matter how hard society tries to push those problems away.

I took that photo above to illustrate where this happened, and then I remembered that the Cake Man Raven's shop is just up the street, and during the summer the celebration held in his honor and attended by the Councilwoman Tish James and Marty (i wanna be Boro Prez for life)Markowitz took place basically a several feet away from today's shooting.

Here's a photo and my post from that day (the Hanson place entrance to the shop would be on the left side of the photo):
Cake Man Celebration Ft. Green Brooklyn - 14http://umbrooklynborn.blogspot.com/2008/07/cakeman-raven-celebration-in-fort-green.html
This photo is more indicative of what the neighborhood is than the events of today.