Nearly a year after Carey Gabay, a well-respected aide to Gov. Cuomo, was fatally shot while walking from a J’ouvert celebration in New York City’s Crown Heights, Brooklyn, police have arrested a fifth suspect in a California resort city two hours east of Los Angeles, according to the New York Daily News.
Kenny Bazile was arrested Thursday in Palm Desert, California, in connection to the Sept. 7, 2015 the shooting of Gabay, a Harvard-educated attorney who became first deputy counsel to Cuomo’s Empire State Development Corp., writes the News:
Gabay was walking from a J’Ouvert celebration on Bedford Ave. in Crown Heights when he stepped into the crossfire of a gun battle between rival gang[s].
He tried to hide behind a car, but a stray bullet hit him in the head. He died several days later.
Police have already charged three men, Micah Alleyne, 24 — thought to have fired the fatal bullet — Tyshawn Crawford, 21, and Keith Luncheon, 24, with Gabay’s murder. A fourth suspect, Stanley Elianor, 25, faces weapon possession charges after investigators found a machine gun at the scene bearing his DNA, prosecutors said.
News of Bazile’s arrest came just days before this year’s celebration, which continues to be marred by violence, reports The New York Times:
Two people were shot and killed and at least two others were wounded in separate shootings near the eastern edge of Prospect Park, which was crammed with revelers at a predawn festival known as J’ouvert, according to police officials.
The violence began about 3:50 a.m. [Monday] when a young man, thought to be in his late teens or early 20s, was shot in the chest near the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard. He was taken to Kings County Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. During the same shooting, a 72-year-old woman was shot in the arm and was expected to survive.
Not far away on Empire Boulevard and about a half-hour later, a 22-year-old woman was shot in the face during a dispute, police officials said. She was taken to Kings County Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead.
J’ouvert is a tradition Caribbeans use to celebrate in their native countries, notes The Times.