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A bust of Edward Snowden, which was secretly installed in Fort Greene Park by a group of anonymous artists at night, has been removed by the New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
The sculpture was mounted on April 6 in Brooklyn near the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument in Fort Greene Park.
The artists said they intended the bust to be a tribute to Edward Snowden.
The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor fled to Russia in 2013 after revealing extensive internet and phone surveillance by US intelligence.
One park visitor described the officials’ decision to remove the bust as “censorship”.
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A New York City house fire has killed seven children in Brooklyn, officials say.
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said that the blaze started shortly after midnight and that those killed were all between 5 and 15 years old.
A woman believed to be the children’s mother and a teenager escaped by jumping out of second-floor windows.
Both survivors are in a critical condition in hospital, suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.
Speaking at a press conference on March 21, Daniel Nigro said that the incident was the “largest tragedy by fire that this city has had in seven years”.
“It’s a tragedy for this family, it’s a tragedy for this community, it’s a tragedy for the city,” he added.
FDNY spokesman Jim Long said that more than 100 fire-fighters had worked to bring the blaze under control.
The fire was believed to have been started by a malfunctioning hot plate in the kitchen.
Daniel Nigro said that the family had become trapped on the second floor when the fire reached the stairs, cutting off their escape.
“There was no evidence of smoke detectors on either the first or the second floor that may have alerted this family to the fire,” he said.
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Friday afternoon a gunman opened fire on a Brooklyn street while students were let out of Brownsville’ school, killing pregnant mother Zurana Horton and injuring other two people.
Zurana Horton, 34, was killed while defending her children and others that were leaving school when the shooting started.
Reports say Zurana Horton was pregnant when she was shot though it has not been reported how far along she was in the pregnancy.
Another mother and an 11-year-old girl were also struck, though they were not killed.
Pregnant mother Zurana Horton, 34, was killed while defending her children and others that were leaving the Brownsville school when the shooting started
The fire started at about 2:30 p.m., right as the children were being let out from a local public elementary and middle school in Brownsville, New York.
NYPD were investigating whether the gunman fired from a nearby rooftop where shell casings were discovered.
Zurana Horton hovered over students to protect them as shots were fired. The mother was shot in the face and chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another 31-year-old mother who was struck is still unnamed. The woman was hit in an arm and the chest and was hospitalized.
The 11-year-old girl, a sixth-grader at the Brooklyn school, had one arm injured and had a graze wound on her cheek. None of the victims was related, according to police.
According to Margie Feinberg, a Department of Education spokeswoman, the victims were on a street corner at the back of the elementary school when the fire started.
So far, it is unclear how many shots were fired. Seven shell casings from a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol were found on the nearby rooftop and other five shell casings were found on the sidewalk in the front of that building, according to police.
According to eye-witnesses, three men were seen fleeing the scene, and police were questioning at least one person. The gunman was being sought, and police offered a $12,000 reward for information in the case, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said.
Brownsville, the school’s neighborhood, is located in southeastern Brooklyn and is among the most crime-plagued in New York.
Brownsville area is also known as the place where tens of thousands of people, mostly black and Hispanic men, are stopped, questioned and frisked annually by police. Critics say the men are being unfairly targeted, and only about 10% of stops city-wide result in arrest.
NYPD says the tactic is a necessary crime-fighting tool that helps get illegal guns off the streets.
New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said:
“Police conduct stops of individuals evincing suspicious behaviour in areas where shootings occur in order to prevent, or at least lower, the frequency of tragedies like the one in Brownsville today.”
A dramatic footage of a teenager named Tyquan Sewall being shot at point-blank range in a gun ambush outside Nostrand McDonald’s has been released today.
The images, which show the victim thrown into the road after being hit four times, was caught on camera in Brooklyn, New York.
The teenager was left fighting for his life.
New York police have launched a manhunt to catch three gunmen who carried out the planned daylight attack on Nostrand Avenue, Flatlands.
The footage shows Tyquan Sewall, 18, who lives just blocks from the McDonald’s and nearby Brooklyn College, being shot at point-blank range.
The first bullet grazed the left side of the victim’s head, sending him staggering backwards.
The footage shows Tyquan Sewall, 18, who lives just blocks from the McDonald's and nearby Brooklyn College, being shot at point-blank range
Tyquan Sewall was then hit three more times and sent rolling out into the street, passing through at least two lanes of traffic.
Terrified onlookers fled in panic as the shots rang out outside the busy restaurant chain.
The weapon used was a .32-caliber Smith & Wesson. The man who fired the gun was wearing a bright red jacket.
Two of the men then ran over and take the sneackers Tyquan Sewall had dropped onto the street before making off as police arrive.
The shooting took place in Flatlands at around 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The victim was hit in the chest, groin and leg and is now in a critical condition in hospital.
The gunman in a red coat fires more shots as the victim, Tyquan Sewall rolls on the road
Police officers said before the shooting Tyquan Sewall had got into an argument on nearby Flatbush Avenue.
During that argument, a man told Tyquan Sewall to come with him to the McDonald’s, police said.
Tyquan Sewall followed, but couldn’t see a gun being passed around the three men. Two went in while one waited at the door as Tyquan Sewall approached.
Then the two men inside McDonald’s came out and the gun was handed to one of them who opened fire.
Police said the attackers fled out of the restaurant’s back entrance and dumped the loaded six-shooter in a rubbish bin a block away.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said: “What you see here is a pretty elaborate choreography of handing off the gun from the first player, to the second player and to the gunman – all along luring the victim to the ambush.”
Tyquan Sewall is in critical condition at Kings County Hospital, New York.
During the Labor Day weekend in New York the number of shot people has risen to 43, after violence started at the annual West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.
In the 24 hours, from Saturday 6 a.m. to Sunday 6 a.m., 24 people were shot, the victims were shot during 15 separate incidents, and so far no arrests have been made.
The latest shooting, left a police officer wounded and a civilian dead just a few blocks off the route where revelers had earlier filled the streets in colorful costumes.
During the Labor Day weekend in New York the number of shot people has risen to 43, after violence started at the 2011 West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn
The police officer was hit in the arm and hospitalized but expected to recover, the civilian died at the scene and at least two others were wounded.
According to police, earlier in the day four people were shot and wounded during the parade along its route. A 15-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet nearby.
Charles Walters, 53 – who’s 11-year-old son was one of the victims on Sunday – to the New York Daily News:
“These people come with guns and shoot at anyone.
“They don’t care if there are children around.”
Shaquan Walters, his son, was the youngest of eight shot in the early hours of Sunday as he partied in his Bronx back yard.
At the same event, a 14-year-old girl was hit in the back, while a 13-year-old girl was hit in the left thigh during the 3:39 a.m. shooting.
In the Williamsbridge shooting, there were five young men wounded, aged 17, 18, 19, 21 and 24.
According to police, Oneil Dasilva, 17 could be the suspect in connection with the incident.
After Brooklyn violence at the Labor Day Parade, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called on politicians in Washington to enact stricter gun laws.
Speaking at the Christian Cultural Centre in Brooklyn yesterday Mayor Bloomberg said:
“It is just unconscionable.We cannot tolerate it.
“There are just too many guns on the streets and we have to do something about it.
“We need the federal government to step up. Both ends of Pennsylvania Ave., both sides of the aisle.”
Michael Bloomberg is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and has rallied Washington for tighter gun laws in the past.
“We cannot continue to have these guns in the hands of kids who don’t understand the value of life.”
The Labor Day weekend’s shootings began at around 6 a.m. on Saturday when a 35-year-old woman was wounded in Brooklyn.
Monday at 2 a.m., a 30-year-old died from bullet wounds to the head and back in Flatbush.
From 2:12 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Sunday five men were shot in three separate incidents.