A 23-year-old man was shot in Crown Heights Saturday just minutes before Mayor Bill de Blasio took the stage at a peace walk blocks away.
The man was shot twice in the leg and once in the stomach in front of 662 Nostrand Ave. at 4 p.m., said police, who offered no motive for the gunfire. The victim, whose injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, was taken to King’s County Hospital, police said.
The brazen shooter, decked out in dark clothing, fled the scene on a motorcycle, authorities said.
Police recovered shell casings outside the Fly E-Bike store, according to witnesses. Police radio reports described the suspect as in his 50s.
Meanwhile, about five blocks away and 30 minutes later, the mayor took the stage for the start of Saturday’s Cease Fire Peace Walk, organized by New York Knicks player Taj Gibson.
Gibson’s foundation is paying for the funeral of 1-year-old Davell Gardner Jr., whose life was tragically cut short by a hail of bullets in Brooklyn late last Sunday.
The peace walk went on as scheduled, traveling from Broadway Junction from Brooklyn to Fulton Street and Marcy Avenue, the site of the first Black Lives Matter mural painted on New York City streets last month.
De Blasio was joined onstage by Gibson, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, City Councilman Robert Cornegy and Eve Hendricks, the heartbroken mother of slain 17-year-old high school hoops star Brandon Hendricks, who was gunned down last month.
Hendricks was at a friend’s birthday cookout when gunfire broke out and he was shot once in the neck. He was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to a chilling account of the hoop star’s final moments, a friend told The Post that the teen’s final words were, “Call my mom.” Hendricks was captain of the James Monroe High School team for two years.
On Saturday afternoon, Eve Hendricks wore a large picture on her chest with the NY Post June 30 front page — “God is crying” — headline of the senseless slaying of her son.
Additional reporting by Paul Martinka
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