New York state senator witnesses fatal Brooklyn shooting

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BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn– A 28-year-old man was murdered yards away from a community library Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

For one state senator, it was a hands-on lesson on violence in the Brownsville.

"A young man was shot right in front of the building [unaudiable]," Sen. Jesse Hamilton said. "This is unreal."

The shooting happened in broad daylight at the Howard Houses as schools were letting out their students.

For Hamilton, this was an unexpected end to a community event.

"Right around the time we were about to start our conference on combatting gun violence and gangs in the community," Hamilton said.

He had a front-row seat to murder, capturing the aftermath on Facebook Live.

"I was traumatized, the neighborhood was traumatized," Hamilton said. "Parents were walking around in a daze."

The victim collapsed in a courtyard of the Howard Houses near Osborn Street after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.

Police later identified the victim as Rysheen Ervin.

Senator Hamilton says instead of fear, his community feels "anger" and is looking out for "street justice."

Wednesday's murder only strengthens his commitment to the neighborhood he grew up in. He wants to shed light on Brownsville - who he believes is a real NYC neighborhood but often forgotten.

"It has the lowest life expectancy, second highest incarceration rate, second highest amount of people with psychiatric disorders being hospitalized," Hamilton said. "It's the epicenter of urban decay in the city."

There are no arrests at this time in the murder.

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