Gov. Cuomo staffer out of surgery, remains in critical condition after J’Ouvert Festival shooting

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. — An aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo who was shot during pre-celebrations for the West Indian Day Parade is out of surgery but remains in critical condition.

Cuomo said his first deputy counsel Carey Gabay was struck in the head with a bullet and is in critical condition after violence erupted early Monday ahead of the city's iconic parade.

Cuomo said  Gabay — critically injured about 3:30 a.m. by a random bullet to the head — is a Harvard-educated lawyer who works for the Empire State Development Corporation. He was walking with his brother at the time.

The governor described Gabay as a "kind-hearted man" and an "outstanding public servant." In a statement, Cuomo called for an end to gun violence, saying "enough young, innocent people have died, and it must stop now."

Officers comb the scene where a lawyer for Gov. Andrew Cuomo was shot ahead of the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn on Sept. 7, 2015. (Photo: Anthony DiLorenzo, PIX11 News)

Officers comb the scene where a lawyer for Gov. Andrew Cuomo was shot ahead of the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn on Sept. 7, 2015. (Photo: Anthony DiLorenzo, PIX11 News)

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Gabay in the hospital Monday afternoon.

De Blasio took to social media to send his prayers to the family.

Before the shooting that hit Gabay, another incident of violence erupted. In that case, a 24-year-old man died at a hospital after he was stabbed in the torso about 2 a.m. in the Grand Army Plaza area.

It happened during the J'Ouvert Festival which kicks off the West Indian Parade, an event scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Monday. The pre-celebration starts at 2 a.m. and lasts until about 6 a.m. The celebration is often noted for the violence that occurs. Last year, three people were shot near the parade route, one fatally.