Avenue I and East 16th Street, the scene of the shooting. (Source: Google Maps)
Months after a double shooting in Midwood left one dead and no arrests, authorities are offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to an indictment.
The quiet, peaceful stretch of East 16th Street near Avenue I erupted into violence just after 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18. Neighbors reported hearing a series of gunshots, and police arrived to find Gerard Grant, 23, slumped dead over the steering wheel of his 2011 Toyota Camry. A 24-year-old man in the passenger seat was found with another gunshot wound to the head and was rushed to Kings County Hospital.
It appeared to be a drive-by shooting, with the victims made easy marks after turning onto the dead-end block.
No suspects have been identified, and cops are now offering a hefty reward for information. The Police Foundation is offering $10,000 while CrimeStoppers has upped the ante with an additional $2,000. The reward will be paid if information leads to an arrest and indictment of a suspect.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.
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Police took a 54-year-old man into custody on Saturday after finding the body of his 62-year-old brother in the bathtub of his Luna Park co-op, with chemical burns to his chest and leg.
Cops were called to the scene at 8:46 a.m. following a 911 call for a man in need of help. It’s unclear who called the police, but when they arrived at the ninth floor apartment at 2819 West 12th Street the man attempted to block their entrance.
After a struggle, they restrained the man who authorities described as emotionally disturbed.
Once inside, cops discovered the unconscious and unresponsive body in the bathtub and called EMS. Medical responders declared him dead at the scene, and told the police that the male had chemical burns to the chest and leg.
The 54-year-old was taken to Staten Island University Hospital for psychological evaluation and treatment of chemical burns on his arms.
Neither of the men were identified by police, and the 54-year-old has not been charged with a crime.
The New York Times identified the two as brothers, and police told the paper that they’re struggling to get answers from the surviving sibling.
“Some of the stuff he’s saying doesn’t make sense,” a police department spokesman said.
The medical examiner will determine the cause of the death, and police are still investigating.
Bay View Houses (Source: Google Maps)
Lawrence Walden, 27, was found shot in the head last night outside of Coney Island’s Bay View Houses, across from Kaiser Park.
Police were called to 3112 Bay View Avenue at approximately 9:30 p.m. Thursday after being tipped off to an assault. They arrived to find Walden sprawled across the housing project’s walkway. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Unresponsive and unconscious, EMS rushed Walden to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
No arrests were made, and the investigation is ongoing.
Walden’s listed address, according to police, is on Howard Avenue on the Crown Heights – Brownsville border.
As of June 29, the 60th Precinct, which covers Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Gravesend, has seen nine shooting incidents in 2014, with 11 victims. It’s a decrease from this time last year, when the precinct saw 13 incidents with 18 victims.
Avenue I and East 16th Street, the scene of the shooting. (Source: Google Maps)
A 23-year-old Canarsie man was killed and another man seriously injured in what appears to be a drive-by shooting in Midwood early Saturday morning.
At approximately 4:00 a.m. the two victims were in a 2011 Toyota Camry at Avenue I and East 16th Street when a gunman opened fire.
The Daily News reports:
“I was riding my bike when I heard, ‘Bang! Bang! Bang!’ ” said a 45-year-old area resident. “It was so loud I thought they were shooting at me at first.”
[Gerard] Grant, who was driving, was shot four times in the chest and died, slumped over the steering wheel, police said. His friend suffered two wounds to the left side of the head and shoulder and was rushed to Kings County Hospital.
Grant’s family said they didn’t know about the shooting until police called.
“For us it’s impossible to say what could have gotten (Grant) involved in this because he’s a pretty good kid,” said his uncle Wallace Grant, 65. “He’s not a gang member of any type.”
The Yeshiva World News has a little more speculation from cops at the scene:
Sources tell YWN that the murder is an isolated incident, and the victims as well as the perpetrators are not from the area. It appears the victims were followed for quite some time before they were shot. It’s possible that the perpetrators shot the victims on that particular street, after the victims’ vehicle entered the block – which is a dead-end, with no way for them to exit.
Officers prepare to transfer Mamontov from the 61st Precinct to Central Booking.
Mom always told me not to get too close to the swans in Sheepshead Bay. She said they look pretty, but they can take your fingers off if you get too close. Well, mom, if they like fingers, they got a free meal some time last week.
Sergey Mamontov, the 50-year-old Nostrand Avenue resident suspected of killing his roommate, has confessed to detectives, telling him that he not only killed the man on March 25 for being too noisy, but chopped him up, attempted to dissolve the remains in bleach, and tossed his fingers into the waters of Sheepshead Bay.
“He was very matter of fact,” a police source told the Daily News. “He didn’t want to say anything at first, but once he started talking, he wouldn’t shut up. He said he decided there was no other way to take care of (the victim).”
The victim has been identified as Aleksandr Zilbergleyt.
Mamontov was transferred from the 61st Precinct to Central Booking last night.
The murder we first reported on yesterday has taken a sick twist. Police reportedly found body parts strewn throughout the apartment unit at 3395 Nostrand Avenue, with several pieces in buckets of bleach and more in the suspect’s refrigerator.
Police have now taken the suspect into custody, and has told police he killed his roommate and tried getting rid of the evidence.
New York Post reports:
A Russian immigrant told cops yesterday that he killed his Brooklyn roommate in a fistfight during a wild party, chopped up his body and tried to dissolve the dismembered corpse in vats of bleach, sources told The Post. Sergey Mamontov, 50, who was in custody last night, said the victim, 55, died during a March 25 blowup in their Sheepshead Bay apartment, the sources said.
His death went unnoticed until yesterday, when a friend of the victim went to the fourth-floor apartment on Nostrand Avenue looking for the man.
The suspected butcher told him he was gone — for good.
“You’re not going to see him anymore. He’s not around anymore,” Mamontov allegedly told him. “I cut him up.”
The pal then told cops, who walked into the grisly scene at around 1 p.m.
They found vats of a bleach-acid combo containing what appeared to be human body parts inside the apartment and in the suspect’s refrigerator, the sources said.
The fridge was filled with a five-gallon bucket and eight smaller Clorox bottles.
“There isn’t even room for an egg” in the refigerator, one source said.
Another source said, “We have body parts. We have a rib cage there. We don’t know how much of the body is there.”
Outside, cops collected a pair of Goodwill donation boxes that gave off a stomach-churning odor of decaying flesh.
Investigators were also going through every piece of trash in the building by hand as they searched for more human body parts.
Mamontov, who has two prior DUI busts and one for grand larceny, told cops he’d taken the victim in as a roommate six months ago, but the two did not get along.
We’ve just heard that the NYPD is responding to an apartment at 3395 Nostrand Avenue, between Avenue T and Avenue U, where a body has been found.
A crime scene is being established.
No further information is available.
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One of the last photos taken of Tysha Jones, taken shortly before a gunman took her life. (Source: Twitter via DailyNews.com)
The Brighton Beach shooting on the Riegelmann Boardwalk yesterday evening left one 16-year-old girl dead and four others wounded. The shooting erupted around 6:20 p.m., with the gunman firing wildly into the air and crowd. Now, a person involved in the incident is telling the New York Post that it all happened after unsuspecting teenagers threw a wayward glance at alleged Crip gangbangers walking by.
Read our coverage roundup from around the mediascape.
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.