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1070 Ocean View Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

1070 Ocean View Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

Responding to a 911 call, police arrived to a gruesome scene early this morning: a 59-year-old man was stabbed to death in his apartment on Ocean View Avenue; outside the building, the crumpled body of his 30-year-old stepson was splayed on the pavement with severe trauma; and just a few blocks away, the pregnant sister of the younger man, a 29-year-old woman, was found bleeding from stab wounds to her back, wrist and forehead.

The female victim phoned 911 at approximately 2:30am. The 59-year-old, Voclodymyr Yeushchenko, was pronounced dead by EMS inside his 1070 Ocean View Avenue apartment building, just across the street from elementary school PS 225.

The 30-year-old, Kostyantyn Proskurnyak, who lived in the same apartment, was rushed off to Coney Island Hospital, where he too was pronounced dead.

His sister, the 29-year-old, was picked up by first responders at Brighton Beach Avenue and Coney Island Avenue . She was taken to Lutheran Medical Center, where she is listed in stable condition.

The investigation is ongoing, but cops told the Daily News that they believe Proskurnyak got into a heated argument with his stepfather, Yeushchenko. It escalated until he drew a knife and stabbed him in the neck. Proskurnyak’s sister tried to intervene when she was stabbed in the head, back and wrist.

The sister darted out of the apartment to safety, where she phoned cops, according to the News. The New York Post adds that the woman is pregnant.

As Yeushchenko bled to death, cops believe Proskurnyak went to an upper floor or the roof, where he took his life in a suicidal leap.

The investigation is ongoing, according to police.

Brighton 5th Court and Brighton 6th Street (Source: Google Maps)

Brighton 5th Court and Brighton 6th Street (Source: Google Maps)

A brawl between students from rival high schools sparked yesterday’s shooting that hospitalized a mom on her way to pick up her son from a nearby elementary school, sources say.

A source briefed by police on the violent outburst said that the fight broke out on Brighton 6th Street between students from nearby Lincoln High School and Grady High School. One of the students opened fire, with the stray bullet striking Safia Bibi, 34, at 2:21pm, as she made her way to pick up her two sons from P.S. 253 (601 Oceanview Avenue), just a block away.

Police confirmed to Sheepshead Bites that two groups were involved in a dispute. The victim heard a shot and felt pain in her arm. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, but the police declined to provide additional information or confirm that students from the high schools were involved..

The victim’s family told NBC New York that fights between the high school students are common.

“She’s scared, everyday scared to get the kids, it’s crazy,” Bibi’s Niece, Kainat Yasin, told the news outlet.

Bibi said the fighting teens Wednesday afternoon filled the block and she couldn’t get around them. Then three shots rang out, one of which hit her. She was treated at a nearby hospital and released with her arm in a sling Wednesday night.

“This is dangerous,” said Yasin. “If there from Grady how come the school doesn’t know they have a gun?”

No other injuries resulted from the shooting.

News reports describe the suspect as a black male, approximately 18 years old, wearing grey sweatpants and with dreadlocks.

“I am appalled by this tragic incident where an innocent bystander was shot in the arm.  I am in contact with the NYPD and I am confident that they will apprehend those responsible,” Councilman Chaim Deutsch said yesterday evening. “My prayers are with the victim and I wish her a full and speedy recovery. “

Brighton 5th Court and Brighton 6th Street (Source: Google Maps)

Brighton 5th Court and Brighton 6th Street (Source: Google Maps)

Sheepshead Bites received word that a shooting occurred on Brighton 5th Court near Brighton 6th Street, about a block away from William E. Grady High School. 

Initial reports, pulled from police scanners, indicate that the victim is female. EMS is being rushed to the scene, and the NYPD is there setting up the crime scene.

The victim’s identity, condition and potential affiliation with the school is not yet known, nor is the status of the shooter. The incident occurred at approximately 2:30pm. 2:21pm.

The school has been placed on lock-down for students’ safety. The school was placed in lock down, but that has been lifted.

Sheepshead Bites is awaiting additional information from the NYPD.

Update (2:57pm): Officials at Grady High School confirmed to Sheepshead Bites that they did go into lock down at around 2:30pm. At approximately 2:45pm, the lock down ended.

“We do it out of precaution and the safety of our students,” said Assistant Principal Todd Gerber. “[The incident] had nothing to do with our building.” 

School officials had no further information about the incident.

Update (3:05pm): The FDNY confirmed that they responded to a call for a shooting victim at 38 Brighton 5th Court.

The location is a pedestrian street lined with small bungalow homes between Brighton 5th Street and Brighton 6th Street. It’s about a block away from Grady High School.

The victim was taken to Lutheran Hospital with a gunshot wound. Her age, identity and condition are still unknown.

Update (3:40pm): The victim was a white female, age 34, who was shot once in the right arm. She is in stable condition and the investigation is ongoing, police confirmed.

Update (9:00pm): Councilman Chaim Deutsch issued the following statement in regards to the shooting:

“I am appalled by this tragic incident where an innocent bystander was shot in the arm.  I am in contact with the NYPD and I am confident that they will apprehend those responsible. My prayers are with the victim and I wish her a full and speedy recovery. “

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

Schraeder (l) and Petlakh (r) Source: Social media accounts, via Forward

Schraeder (l) and Petlakh (r) Source: Social media, via Forward

Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for a violent attack against the Kings Bay YM-YWHA’s executive director outside an Israel Defense Force fundraiser at the Barclays Center earlier this month, but chose not to charge the man with a hate crime.

Shawn Schraeder, 25, was arrested on Thursday by local police in St. Louis, Missouri, in cooperation with the NYPD. He’s been extradited back to New York and was awaiting arraignment as of yesterday, the Forward reports.

Schraeder is accused of slugging the Kings Bay Y’s executive director, Leonard Petlakh, on October 6, leaving him with a broken nose and in need of stitches.

The incident followed a basketball game that raised funds for the IDF, which drew pro-Palestinian protesters. The activists were booted from the arena after becoming unruly and attempting to unfurl at Palestinian flag. They remained outside where they allegedly accosted Petlakh and other attendees, shouting “Free Palestine” and “Your people are murderers.” A squabble ensued, which left Petlakh injured.

The local leader called his foes “vile anti-Semitic hooligans masquerading as anti-Zionists” and elected officials condemned the attack as a hate crime.

Schraeder, though, is not being charged with a hate crime; police no longer believe bias was involved, ABC News reports.

Local pols have commended the police for the quick arrest, but are urging them to reconsider a hate crime charge.

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz issued the following statement:

“I’m pleased that police arrested a suspect in the brutal attack on Leonard Petlakh but I find it disturbing that they do not plan to charge him with a bias crime.

“Given the anti-Semitic nature of this attack, I urge authorities to reconsider this decision. I will be calling on the district attorney to treat this as a bias case and seek the harshest penalties that are allowed under the law.

“According to multiple accounts of the incident, the suspect did not work alone. He was part of a group of anti-Israel protestors whose intentions turned hateful and violent. I encourage law enforcement to pursue the accomplices who fled after the attack and bring them to justice as well.

“As Leonard recovers from this attack, it is incumbent upon all of us to keep the outrage alive and to not ever allow bias-motivated violence to become old news. As this incident and many others like it have demonstrated, anti-Israel rhetoric has a way of crossing the line quickly to anti-Semitic rhetoric.

“We must continue to speak out against this unacceptable behavior and to seek justice for all those who are victimized by the actions of individuals whose violence is motivated by hate.

Councilman Mark Treyger issued a similar statement:

“I applaud the NYPD for recognizing the seriousness of this attack and for making a quick arrest, despite the fact that the suspect was halfway across the country. This sends a clear message that our city will not tolerate violence against anyone and will devote the necessary time and resources to investigating all incidents of hatred. I would also like to thank Mr. Petlakh for his unwavering leadership and devotion to our community and for his hard work over the years to bring people of all faiths together. My thoughts are with him and his family as they continue to recover from this shocking and brutal attack. Once again, we showed that we will rise above these kinds of incidents that serve to divide our borough and city and will always come together to denounce all forms of violence and hatred.”

… While Council Member Treyger is pleased that an arrest has been made in this incident, he believes that hate crimes charges are warranted based on remarks allegedly directed at the victim during the attack.

Sea Park Apartments (Source: Google Maps)

Sea Park Apartments (Source: Google Maps)

A 19-year-old man is charged with second degree murder in connection with the September 3 shooting death of a Coney Island man.

Jalik Banks, 19, was collared by cops yesterday and charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. He lives in the Surfside Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development two blocks away from the scene of the crime.

Banks is accused of killing George Carmona, 23, on September 3. As we reported at the time, Carmona was found in the hallway of the Sea Park Apartments at 2980 West 28th Street just just after 8:00pm with a gunshot wound to his head.

He was declared dead at the scene.

Police did not say how the suspect knew the victim.

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Petlakh (Source: Facebook)

The executive director of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA was assaulted last night by what he calls “vile anti-Semitic holligans” outside of the Barclay’s Center, following the Nets – Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball game.

Executive Director Leonard Petlakh was attacked while exiting the game with his children and friends, sending him to the hospital for a fractured nose and lacerations under his eye that required eight stitches.

According to a statement from the Kings Bay Y, anti-Israel demonstrators had attempted to disrupt the game by unfurling the Palestinian flag. Barclay’s security forced the protestors to leave after they exchanged heated words with attendees.

Outside, the protestors shouted “Free Palestine” and “Your people are murderers.” One slugged Petlakh in the face and fled.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the incident, which was caught on camera.

Petlakh said he hopes that the “vile anti-Semitic hooligans masquerading as anti-Zionists will be caught soon.” He also called for increased police presence at venues that host Israel-related events.

“I am upset that my children witnessed this unprecedented violence, but I hope it sends a strong message to them to stand up for their values as proud Americans and as those who will eventually volunteer to serve in the Israel Defense Forces,” Petlakh said in a statement.

Denis Volchkin (Source: Facebook)

Denis Volchkin (Source: Facebook)

She called police to defend her from her own son, and now says they went too far.

Liliya Pilipenko, 54, said cops didn’t need to kill her son, 28-year-old Denis Volchkin, when he lunged at officers armed with a knife.

“It’s not a gun, it’s not a big knife, why shoot him?” Pilipenko said to the Daily News. “It’s a horrible situation.”

Volchkin was shot dead Friday evening after police responded to Pilipenko’s 911 call of a domestic dispute. Officers had been at the East 26th Street home earlier in the day when Pilipenko said Volchkin was choking her. Volchkin fled, and returned around 7:10pm armed with knives.

Pilipenko met officers in front of the house, led them through the back door to Volchkin, who was brandishing the weapons. Cops ordered he drop the blades. Instead, he lunged, police said.

Photo by Clare K

The scene outside of Volchkin’s East 26th Street home on Friday night. Photo by Clare K.

The officers opened fire, hitting Volchkin in the chest. He was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.

The Daily News adds that Volkchkin had a checkered history with his family:

Between 2004 and 2009, cops were called four times to his home by Volchkin’s parents, police said. They arrested Volchkin twice for assaulting his mom, including once with a knife.

He has 11 unsealed prior arrests, cops said. Open cases include two Brooklyn busts for speeding drunk without a license that landed him in jail for 11 months, records show.

TMZ reports that back in May, Volchkin allegedly came at “Keeping up with the Kardashians” regular Jonathan Cheban with a knife in Mikasa sushi on Gravesend Neck Road, before Cheban’s bodyguard punched him.

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Cops are hunting a man that they believe is responsible for four muggings at gunpoint in Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach and Mill Basin.

Police say their man is a black male in his mid-20s, between 6’0″ to 6’2″, with a light complexion and last seen wearing rectangular eyeglasses. He was slightly unshaven, and may drive or have a co-conspirator who drives a white Acura TL.

The four robberies police believe him responsible for are:

  • On September 6, at 3:45pm, the 67-year-old  male victim was parking his car in his Marine Park garage, near Stuart Street, when the suspect put a gun to his head and demanded his watch, ring and cellphone. After getting the goods, the robber ran north on Gerritsen Avenue and then jumped into a waiting white Acura TL on Avenue R.
  • On September 10, at 10:55am, in front of 325 Whitman Drive in Mill Basin, the 35-year-old female victim was getting out of her car when the man came up to her. He pointed a gun at her and forced her to hand over her watch and wallet, which contained $300 and credit cards. He fled on foot.
  • On September 14, at 9:35pm, approached his victim near West 1st Street and Village Road South in Gravesend as the 56-year-old man walked out of his driveway. He flashed a gun and pulled off his wedding ring and his watch before running off to a car and driving away.
  • A 78-year-old man and 74-year-old woman were robbed next, on September 17 at 9pm, on the corner of Avenue Z and Batchelder Street. The two were walking when the man approached, flashed his gun and took a watch before fleeing.

No one was injured in any of these incidents. Using descriptions from the witnesses, cops were able to make the sketch above.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing person 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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Photo by Clare K

Photo by Clare K

UPDATE 10/4, 8am: Police have identified the man as 28-year-old Denis Volchkin, and say the shooting occurred after officers responded to two domestic incidents involving Volchkin and his mother.

The NYPD reports they initially responded to a dispute between him and his mother at their home on E 26th St at about 5:30pm Friday, in which Volchkin allegedly choked his mother and fled.

At just after 7pm, police say the mother called 911 to report he had returned armed with several knives, and when the same two officers who responded earlier arrived, the mother led them to the back of the home to its rear entrance. Once inside, cops say they found Volchkin in the living room with the knives, and that once he saw the officers, he advanced toward them brandishing knives.

“The officers backed away from the suspect while giving verbal commands to drop the knife,” the NYPD said in a release to the press. “The suspect did not comply with police commands and lunged at the officers.”

According to the NYPD, one of the officers then fired on Volchkin, striking him in the chest. EMS responded and transported him to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The two officers were transported to Lutheran Hospital for Tinnitus.

TMZ reports that back in May, Volchkin allegedly came at “Keeping up with the Kardashians” regular Jonathan Cheban with a knife in a sushi place in Brooklyn, before Cheban’ bodyguard punched him.

EARLIER: A man who allegedly lunged at police with a knife is dead after being shot by cops this evening.

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70 Pct Suspect Knife 1Rafael Laureano, 51, who owned Spartan Health Club (1166 Coney Island Avenue), died when he was hit by a bullet from police officers who were firing at a knife-wielding man who had attacked Laureano and his girlfriend at an Ocean Parkway apartment Monday night, the city medical examiner said.

The city medical examiner’s office told us that Laureano died from a “perforating gunshot wound of the back.”

Katarzyna Russo had been with her two young children at her apartment at 820 Ocean Parkway when Francisco Carvajal, 47, reportedly showed up to the home around 7:20pm and began threatening her, pushing his way into her apartment with a knife, according to the NYPD and other published reports.

The New York Times reported that Russo called Laureano for help, and Laureano fought with Carvajal, who was armed with two knives, while Russo locked herself and her two children in the bathroom for safety.

When police arrived, after responding to a 911 call about a woman being attacked by a knife, they encountered both Carvajal and Laureano, the NYPD said. Three officers opened fire on Carvajal after he wouldn’t drop his weapon and began rushing at them, the Daily News reported.

“After ordering the suspect to drop the knife multiple times, police discharged their firearms, striking the armed individual,” the NYPD said in a statement to the media. “The 47-year-old male was pronounced DOA at the scene.”

Police fired a total of 18 bullets, hitting Carvajal nine times, the Daily News said. During the hail of gunfire, Laureano was also hit.

“It appears (Laureano) was inadvertently shot by a police bullet,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis told the Daily News. “It was very close quarters. (Carvajal) was coming at the officers with a knife and they had to fire.”

Our thoughts go out to Laureano’s family and friends.

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