BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, Brooklyn — Police said the father of eight young children is dead after a gunman shot a dozen bullets at him and his female passenger as they sat down in a double-parked SUV outside a Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment early Tuesday.
The NYPD said they received 911 calls about a shooting at 675 Halsey St. around 1 a.m.
The victims were inside a black 2007 Mercedes SUV when the shooter, donning a dark blue-colored hoodie, walked up to their vehicle and fired at least 12 times at point-blank range, cops said.
A 33-year-old man, identified as Ernest Brown of Brooklyn, took gunshot wounds to the head and torso and was later pronounced dead at Interfaith Hospital, police said. A 22-year-old woman was shot in the torso but was hospitalized at Kings County Hospital in stable condition, according to the NYPD.
The suspect ran away on foot.
Brown had several children, ranging from one to eight years old, and worked as handyman, family members at the scene said. He was also targeted around last year in Brownsville, where he took a couple of gunshots and survived.
According to relative Joe Jennings, Brown may have been caught up in a "beef" by association dating back 15 years ago.
"This is Brooklyn, you don't what's going on in the streets," Jennings said. "He don't have nothing to do with it but by being with someone they don't like and it just goes back and forth."
The Bed-Stuy neighborhood is experiencing a dramatic increase in murders since last year. There were six homicides in the 81 Precinct in 2016 – an 100 percent increase from 2015, according to NYPD CompStat.