New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a shutdown of the federal government until “real gun control” passes Saturday, while eulogizing a state attorney who was fatally shot by a stray bullet in Brooklyn this month.
The victim, 43-year-old Carey Gabay, was shot in the head while attending an early morning celebration on Sept. 7 preceding the annual West Indian Day parade. Police do not believe that the shooting was intentional.
“His death was one of the most tragic, pointless examples of the rampant violence that is spreading like a cancer through our society, especially in our poorer communities and especially in our communities of color,” Cuomo said to the crowd gathered at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Gabay, a graduate of Harvard law school, worked as the first deputy counsel at Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency. So far, no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.
“It’s not enough for New York State to pass a gun law and close the front door when the guns are coming in the back door, when the guns can come up from Virginia or South Carolina for anyone willing to take a car ride,” Cuomo continued.
While no one has been arrested for the shooting, police did release a sketch of a suspect who is wanted for questioning. According to authorities the suspect is a “19- to 20-year-old black man wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and a Jamaican flag around his neck.”
“If the far right is willing to shut down the government because they don’t get a tax cut for the rich,” said Cuomo, the architect of the flawed NY SAFE Act, “then our people should have the same resolve and threaten to shut down the government if they don’t get a real gun control law to stop killing of their innocents.”