In the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 5th, a 24-year-old black man was non-fatally shot multiple times. The following Friday, as he was fighting for his life in the hospital, the community stood at the site of his shooting, 1292 St. John’s Place.

“We’ve come too far to go back!” chanted Derick Scott of Operation H.O.O.D. through a bullhorn. “We’ve had—within the last two to three years—an all-time low in shootings… We’ve come too far to go back! We need to keep moving!”

43 people came to support the anti-gun violence gathering. They stood at the corner of Troy Avenue and St. John’s Place to command the attention of the neighborhood, then marched and chanted “stop shooting, start living” to the exact site of the incident.

S.O.S. Crown Heights is grateful for everyone who came to support these efforts, including Neighbors In Action staff, Operation H.O.O.D., Moms Demand Action, G.M.A.C.C., and community members. #stopshootingstartliving