Brooklyn organizations provide community resources following uptick in gun violence
Brooklyn organizations came together Wednesday to flood their communities with resources and access to quality programming as officials say the community is struggling to deal with a recent uptick in gun violence.
Police say seven people were shot on Albany Avenue Sunday night. The shooting left a 20-year-old young woman dead and six others hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
Last Tuesday, a 70-year-old woman was the unintended target of a shooting near Restoration Plaza, when police say a stray bullet grazed her cheek while she was on an MTA bus.
Representatives from Save Our Streets stood alongside an organization that provides free quality dance and music programming to kids as well as resources and education to adults.
Organizers also offered resources about affordable housing and a coding program to get girls involved in STEM.
They also handed out masks, personal protection equipment and hand sanitizer.
Councilmember Robert Cornegy Jr. says their goal is to put young people on the right course. "These gunshots were indiscriminatory, but they've run the gamut. So, what we have decided is that everywhere there is an uptick with gun violence and shootings and killings, that we are going to flood those immediate areas with resources. Access to education, access to after-school programs, access to affordable housing, all the things that seem to be contributory to crime and gun violence in particular,” said Cornegy.
Organizers say there’s a lot more to be done this week as they gear up for more outreach for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.