NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - An aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo remains in critical condition and comatose after being caught in the crossfire between two gangs in Brooklyn. Carey Gabay, a Harvard Law School graduate, was shot in the head by a random bullet, according to Cuomo. The 43-year-old victim, who works for the Empire State Development Corp., was critically injured at about 3:30 a.m. He was shot during overnight violence in the lead-up to the West Indian Day Parade.
"Carey is an outstanding public servant who joined our administration in 2011," said Cuomo. "He is a Harvard-educated lawyer who works for the State because he wants to give back to others and make a difference. He is just 43 years old and is a kind-hearted man. Carey is a friend to all who have the pleasure of meeting him. I ask that New Yorkers join us by keeping him, his wife Trenelle and his family in their prayers at this time."
Gabay's family said in a statement that he is in a coma.
"Our family is thankful for the outpouring of prayers that we've received in the aftermath of this senseless violence," the statement read, according to the AP. "Carey has always been an inspiration to all of us and he continues to inspire us with his fight for survival."
Police Commissioner William Bratton said he is confident that investigators will track down the shooters. The AP reported that detectives are focusing on two gangs.
"This tragic shooting – this one by another seemingly random bullet – is the latest heartbreaking reminder that the crime of gun violence must stop. Enough young, innocent people have died, and it must stop now," Cuomo said.
Police say a 24-year-old man was stabbed to death and a 21-year-old man was also shot in separate incidents that occurred near Grand Army Plaza and Eastern Parkway at about 2 a.m. during 'Jouvert' or the warm-up to the main event. The first shooting victim was expected to recover.
The ultimate celebration of Caribbean culture kicked off at 11 a.m. and wraps up at about 6 p.m.