When nolastname took this photo, she didn’t see any dog. But I’m sure it would’ve been one of those Disney moments where he shares with them, and then licks them clean. When animal control comes by later to take the dog to the pound, they all would’ve teamed up to hatch an escape plan. I’m pretty sure of it.

Friends and family blanketed the front steps to 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko’s East 24th Street home with flowers, photos and other tributes to the life of a girl – and her mother, Anna – tragically cut short on Friday.

At the other scenes of death from Maksim Gelman’s rampage, much appeared to be returning to usual. His home on East 27th Street and Emmons Avenue, where he took his first victim – his stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov - was almost indistinguishable from any other, save for the news van outside. At the scene where he ran down an elderly man, killing him, there was nothing.

I can’t speak for others, but I find comfort to be taken in the fact that New York City continues to rumble forward. Some lives, certainly, will never be the same, but on we go, keeping in mind that a random act of violence, though tragic, was indeed random.

See a gallery of photos taken today of Friday’s crime scenes.

I’m keeping it short today. Trying to get my work done so I can go outside and play. How is everyone else enjoying the awesome weather?

First of all, go and hit play on that video, so the music plays as your read. Supposedly, it’s written by a Sheepshead Bay native, though we can’t confirm that.

Ah, that’s better. Now, are you just reading and realized you haven’t gone out and bought anything for your valentine? Or did you completely screw up, and forget to make plans?

Fortunately, Sheepshead Bites is here to rescue you.

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It’s not clear if it’s a tasteless joke or an actual attempt to garner support for Maksim Gelman, but a “Free Maksim Gelman Now” group launched on Facebook shortly after his arrest.

There’s little information about the group or who started it, but it’s slowly picking up supporters to, presumably, release the man accused of four murders and seven stabbings – not to mention an attempt to hijack a subway train and the theft of several cars.

Perhaps the only sign of sanity is that the reaction from Facebook users has not been particularly welcoming, with almost every comment condemning the group’s creation. We’d quote a sampling of them, but the amount of expletives involved is a little much even for Sheepshead Bites.

Meanwhile, friends, family and community members are turning to Facebook to reflect on the man who made our neighborhood into a terror-filled killing ground for more than a day, as well as commiserate on the death of 20-year-old Yelena Bulchenko.

Here are a few of the groups that have popped up:

Sure, maybe the one armed man did it.

Maksim Gelman, the Sheepshead Bay resident behind Friday’s vicious rampage, was charged with four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, robbery charges and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. But outside of the 61st Precinct Sunday morning, Gelman told a jeering crowd, “This was a setup, man. This is bullshit.”

According to the Daily News, he later told cops: “I’m a sacrificial lamb. They’re treating me like an animal.”

Keep reading about other details to emerge since his arrest.

Photo by Laura Fernandez.

Maksim Gelman, 23, was taken into custody at the Times Square subway station, police said. It was unclear if he was injured.

Source: NYDailyNews.com

Here’s a reverse timeline of Gelman’s rampage, which lasted 28 hours. The information comes from the Daily News and the New York Post. The times are approximate.

See the timeline.

Maksim Gelman was caught about an hour ago on the subway in Manhattan.

Daily News is reporting police took Gelman into custody at the Times Square train station shortly after 9 a.m. But Gelman had already attacked two more individuals since our last report.

In the middle of the night, there were reports that Gelman carjacked another individual on Eastern Parkway at around 1:00 a.m., attacking the driver.

Minutes before being busted in the city, Gelman stabbed another individual on the train at the 96th St. and Broadway station.

Acc0rdong to the New York Post, Gelman was banging on the motorman’s door, yelling, “My girlfriend ruined my life.” When the motorman failed to respond, Gelman stabbed the 40-year-old passenger in the neck, critically injuring him.

View Maksim Gelman’s Map of Murder in a larger map

To help illustrate the trail of death and carnage left by Maksim Gelman’s stabbing spree, we put together this map that shows each incident. Starting from the bottom, Gelman has worked his way up half of Southern Brooklyn, allegedly killing three, putting a fourth in critical condition, and a fifth injured but stable.

Gelman remains on the loose, and the search has moved north to the 70th Precinct. His car was found on East 15th Street between Avenue H and Avenue I. It’s unclear whether he’s on foot, or how long ago he left the car there. NYPD found the vehicle abandoned more than four hours after his last incident, on Ocean Avenue and Avenue R.

Clicking on the tabs will show a description of the incident and more information.