Six months after Carey Gabay was caught in a Brooklyn gang's crossfire, investigators are honing in on four suspects.
The 43-year-old Harvard educated lawyer was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aide and described as “an outstanding public servant.” Sadly, his life was cut short hours before last year’s West Indian Day Parade when two gangs engaged in a gunfight.
Police believe he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time when Gabay was walking in the Crown Heights neighborhood with his brother around 3:40 a.m. on Sept. 7 when shots rang out near the parade route.
The Bronx-native was declared brain dead a week later after taking a stray bullet to the head and was later taken off of life support on Sept. 16.
Surveillance footage of the incident shows four suspects, which police have now released new images of in a bid to track down Gabay’s killers.
A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of three men in their 20s or early 30s, and a woman in her late teens to early 20s.
“This was a beautiful man, a sweet man, a man who was giving back to his community, a gentleman, who was involved in nothing, just walking down the street with his brother, wife …” Cuomo said.
“He was the lawyer who rewrote the rent laws that protected so many tenants,” he continued. “It’s a reminder that the violence has to stop.”
Gabay was one of four men shot overnight along the route for the annual parade that takes place on Labor Day.
Police Commissioner William Bratton said of Gabay’s murder, “I’m very confident that we will solve that crime.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
(Photo from top to bottom: CBS 2 NY, NYPD)