On Wednesday evening, September 13th, 155 community members from S.O.S. Brooklyn and South Bronx, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, S.O.S. Clergy Action Network, YO S.O.S., Legal Hand, the Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence, the Cure Violence family, including Brownsville In, Violence Out and GMACC, the shooting victim’s family, and residents of the neighborhood gathered on the corner of Howard Avenue and Dean Street to denounce gun violence. We are grateful to everyone who came out and stood with together despite the rainy weather. The peaceful communal gathering was in response to the incident on Sunday, September 10, in which a 19-year-old expectant mother was shot in broad daylight.

We would like to note that, while unacceptable, Sunday’s shooting did not occur inside of the S.O.S. Crown Heights catchment area. This means that it has now been twelve days since there was a shooting in the S.O.S. Crown Heights catchment area. As well, it has been 383 days since the last fatal shooting in our catchment area, and it has been 618 days since there was a shooting in or around Albany Houses. While Sunday’s 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.

Shooting responses are held to express our concerns and make a statement that shootings and killings are not acceptable in our community. Wednesday’s shooting response drew a large number of community members, who came together to share that shootings and killings are not welcome in our community. More and more people gathered over the course of the shooting response, with members of local clergy, Cure Violence family, and the victim’s family members speaking out about how shootings impact the community. The victim’s aunt shared that the family will not answer this violence with violence of their own, saying “We will not kill each other…stand up for something, or you’re gonna fall for anything.” We would like to thank everyone who came out and stood with us against gun violence in our community. #stopshootingstartliving

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