On Tuesday early evening, SOS CAN led a shooting response on the corner of Park Place and Classon Ave for a young black male who suffered a non fatal shooting. 25 people came out to support including a host of faith leaders. There was a Jewish Rabbi, a Catholic priest, a Baptist pastor, an independent, and several Pentecostals united as one along with Mr. James Caldwell the President of the 77th Pct. Community Council. Also with us were two members of Moms For Change, David Gaskin SOS Program Director with his son, and YOSOS leaders, along with others from The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center.
We would like to note that, while unacceptable, these recent shootings did not occur inside of the S.O.S. Crown Heights catchment area. This means that it has now been forty-five days since there was a shooting in the S.O.S. Crown Heights catchment area. As well, it has been sixty-five days since the last fatal shooting in our catchment area, and it has been 774 days since there was a shooting in or around Albany Houses and 474 days since there was a shooting in or around Weeksville Houses. While the recent shooting was devastating, we would like to take the time to recognize the hard work of S.O.S. staff and community members in preventing shootings and keeping people safe within the S.O.S. Crown Heights catchment area.
We would like to thank everyone who came out and stood with us against gun violence in our community. If you are interested in becoming more involved with S.O.S. Brooklyn’s work and becoming a volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. #stopshootingstartliving