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[Social] Fwd: Re: US- shots fired at NY state lawmaker and son

Released on 2012-10-17 17:00 GMT

Email-ID 50311
Date 2011-08-11 23:04:22
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this is why you should never ever even consider underestimating the
research department.

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Subject: Re: US- shots fired at NY state lawmaker and son
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:57:15 -0500
From: Matthew Powers <[email protected]>
To: Sean Noonan <[email protected]>

Why I like working here

Sean Noonan wrote:

This is a pretty dangerous area. Lots of drugs and violence since at
least the 1980s. I would only ride my bike through there in the
I dn't see any indication that the Assemblyman was the target, which NYT
is also saying.

Also, I think the RZA is from here. wu tang.
On 8/11/11 3:33 PM, Colby Martin wrote:

damn. saw it on CNN reporting and fired up. thanks

On 8/11/11 3:32 PM, Michael Wilson wrote:

happened yesterday right?

Shot That Hit Assemblyman's Vehicle Was Random, Police Think
Published: August 11, 2011

A day after a bullet pierced a state assemblyman's rear windshield
as he drove with his 8-year-old son through the streets of his
district in Brooklyn, the police on Thursday said it appeared to be
a result of random gun violence.

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Moments after he heard the shots and his window shattering,
Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr. pulled his sport utility vehicle
to the side of Sutter Avenue in Brownsville and dialed 911 from a
cellphone, said Deputy Inspector Kim Y. Royster, a Police Department

In fact, Mr. Boyland's call at 6:12 p.m. on Wednesday was the first
of four 911 calls reporting the sound of gunshots in the area, she
said. Mr. Boyland, a Democrat from Brooklyn, did not identify
himself in the 911 call, she said.

"We are investigating this as Mr Boyland being the victim of a
shooting," Inspector Royster said. "It seems like it was a random
incident, but we're still investigating."

She said no arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon and no
witnesses had come forward to describe the shooting, which occurred
in daylight on the western edge of Brownsville on a residential
street surrounded by neat two-story town houses.

Shootings in the neighborhood, which is covered by the department's
73rd Precinct, are down so far this year, the police said. Through
Sunday, there had been 50 shootings within the precinct, compared
with 61 through last Aug. 7, the police said.

On Wednesday, detectives were focusing on where the bullets came
from and whether more than one shooter was involved.

Officers found the fragment of one bullet lying in plain sight on
the vehicle's driver's seat, where Mr. Boyland had been sitting,
apparently after the slug, or part of it, passed through the rear
windshield of his 2009 GMC truck, which the police said was the
lawmaker's official vehicle.

"He could have been shot, that's how close that fragment was," said
Inspector Royster.

Investigators could not immediately identify the caliber of the
bullet fragment found in the vehicle or determine the type of gun it
came from, Inspector Royster said. But detectives did find four
shell casings from a .32-caliber pistol lying on the ground at
Sutter and Legion Avenues, about a block away from where Mr. Boyland
pulled his car over, near the intersection of Sutter and Saratoga
avenues, the police said.

The police said that Mr. Boyland and his son were returning from a
barbershop when the shooting occurred, not far from a street named
for his uncle that runs through the neighborhood, though it was not
clear where they were immediately headed. There was no indication of
any kind of dispute at the barbershop that might have led to the
violence. Mr. Boyland's son was seated in the second row of the
vehicle, directly behind his father, the police said.

In March, Mr. Boyland was indicted in a bribery and corruption
scandal with others, including State Senator Carl Kruger of
Brooklyn. An ethics issue is also hanging over him in Albany, after
the Legislative Ethics Commission in May issued a finding that he
may have violated state ethics law by working as a paid consultant
for Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center while
advocating on its behalf.

Inside his district office on Wednesday, Mr. Boyland said the
episode was dizzying.

"I'm a little frazzled, a little worried, a little crazy," he said,
though adding that, "I'm much better than I was yesterday."

He also provided a harrowing first-hand account of the events.

He first heard the shots - three of them - as he began to turn left
onto Sutter Avenue, from Grafton Street, where he had gotten his
haircut at a barbershop there. His windows were open, he said, and
the blast of gunfire caused him to duck down.

One shot, he said, seemed to go straight over the car.

"The next one shattered the back window," he said. "The third one
comes in and hits the passenger side seatbelt."

Mr. Boyland did not see who fired the gun, nor did he know the
trajectory of the shots. But he said the bullets sounded as if they
came from somewhere off to his right, over the passenger side of his
vehicle, and that one of them ended up behind him on the car seat.
The heat from that piece of spent bullet actually seared his back as
he leaned up from his crouched position, he said.

"I thought I was shot," Mr. Boyland said, adding that he feared that
his son, William, who had begun cry, was also shot.

"I thought the bullet came through the seat, and he was sitting
directly behind me," Mr. Boyland said. "So I panicked. I'm screaming
out his name, trying to see if he's okay."

As he leaped from the car, to check on his son, he found that the
boy was unharmed. He then called the police, he said.

Reflecting on the incident, he said things were relatively calm
prior to the violence as he turned from Grafton Street onto Sutter
Avenue. He recalled seeing a few children on the sidewalk nearby,
and a teenager who was scolding them for playing on the corner, just
as noise of gunfire erupted. But they did not appear connected to
tthe shooting, he said.

And he said he did not believe he had been targeted and that the
police told him the shooting was random.

Of the violence, he said: "When it hit close to home, it was
Tim Stelloh contributed reporting.

On 8/11/11 3:28 PM, Colby Martin wrote:

i have it

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