On Friday, September 22nd, Save Our Streets Clergy Action Network and the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center held a shooting response in response to the recent shooting in the 71st Precinct. We hold shooting responses to come together after a shooting, share our concerns about gun violence, and make it clear that shootings and killings are not welcome in our community.

The peaceful response was held at 320 Sterling Street. 30 community members from S.O.S. Brooklyn, the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, S.O.S. Clergy Action Network, the Cure Violence Family including Brownsville In, Violence Out, representatives from NYS Assemblywoman Diana Richardson’s Office and the Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence, District Leader Jeffrey Davis, and residents of the neighborhood gathered to stand against gun violence in our community. This communal gathering was in response to the incident on Saturday morning, September 16, in which a 30-year-old black man was non-fatally shot on Sterling Street, across from the park at 320 Sterling Street. During the response, members of local clergy and the Cure Violence family spoke up to say NO to gun violence in our community. While the response was small in size, the voices that spoke out against gun violence were powerful, and the message was amplified by S.O.S. staff doing community outreach to passers-by throughout the gathering.

We would like to note that, while unacceptable, these recent shootings did not occur inside of the S.O.S. Crown Heights catchment area. This means that it has now been twenty-two days since there was a shooting in the S.O.S. Crown Heights catchment area. As well, it has been 393 days since the last fatal shooting in our catchment area, and it has been 628 days since there was a shooting in or around Albany Houses. While the recent shooting was devastating, we would like to take the time to recognize the hard work of S.O.S. staff and community members in preventing shootings and keeping people safe within the S.O.S. Crown Heights catchment area.

We would like to thank everyone who came out and stood with us against gun violence in our community. If you are interested in becoming more involved with S.O.S. Brooklyn’s work and becoming a volunteer, please email info@crownheights.org. #stopshootingstartliving

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The community came together to take a stand against gun violence in the 71st Precinct.