A Brooklyn neighborhood mourned an act of mindless violence Friday after a 12-year-old boy innocently consuming dinner along with his household in a parked automotive was shot lifeless by thugs who opened hearth in what might have been a case of mistaken id.
Kade Lewin, who lived in Flatlands along with his mom, was remembered by family and friends as a quiet “good son,” as town endured one other horrific capturing, a spate of violence that has solely ramped up the previous few months.
The boy’s barber and a coworker of his mom on the Faith Beauty Salon in the neighborhood instructed The Post they had been heartbroken over the lack of younger Kade.
“I’ve been cutting his hair for the last three years. He was here three weeks ago,” mentioned the 52-year-old barber, who didn’t give his title.
“He is a nice little boy — intelligent, always well-groomed,” he mentioned, including that the boy used to put on his hair in a mohawk type.
His killing amplifies a spate of gun violence that has rocked town — and is simply the newest to contain a toddler.
Just final week, a 3-year-old was hit by gunfire exterior of a Brownsville, Brooklyn day care heart and a 7-year-old was grazed by a stray bullet in Coney Island.
An 11-month-old woman was hit by a stray bullet in The Bronx in January.
‘Only God can stop it’
Kade was shot in the pinnacle whereas sitting in a automotive at East 56th Street and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush simply after 7:45 p.m. Thursday, police mentioned.
A 20-year-old feminine relative who was additionally in the car was wounded. An 8-year-old woman was additionally in the automotive when the gunshots rang out.
The 20-year-old lady was shot a number of instances, however is predicted to outlive, authorities mentioned. The woman was not hit by the gunfire.
Neither Kade nor the older relative are believed by police to have been the supposed goal of the gunman, sources mentioned. One law-enforcement supply described them as a “churchgoing” household.
Police imagine the gunman opened hearth from a stolen automotive with out-of-state plates after circling the block not less than as soon as, police sources mentioned.
Detectives had been investigating the likelihood that the shooter thought another person was contained in the car, the sources added.
Kade was rushed to Kings County Hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless, police mentioned.
Shooting incidents had been up throughout town 17 % up to now this yr, over the identical time final yr, with 312 folks shot, in response to NYPD information.
The mom’s coworker remembered Kade as a well mannered and type youngster.
“He is always right there with her — good son, good boy,” mentioned the salon employee, who didn’t give her title.
“It’s still bothering me. It’s a kid. I have a 10-year-old boy … They played Fortnite together online,” she added.
Both she and the boy’s barber mentioned they had been fed up with the gun violence that has gripped town in latest months.
“The gun violence is too much. It’s sad, you know, it’s sad. It’s unreal. Only God can stop it. Who else?” the salon employee mentioned.
“That has to stop. Nobody is benefiting from it except Mr. Smith & Wesson — the ones who make the guns,” the barber added. “I saw a lot of police last night. I said it’s better to see a million police than one gunman.”
Residents in East Flatbush had been outraged and saddened by the horrific slaying.
“They need to put a stop to it. [Guns] are in the hands of kids. If they don’t put a cap on it, it’s going to get worse. They always hit the wrong targets. These people are not marksmen,” mentioned 60-year-old Danny Sang.
“We need the citizens’ help. Ain’t nothing more the police can do. Mayor Adams can’t do it alone. There is someone out there sitting on information right now,” he added.
‘Revolving-door’ justice system
Mayor Adams was elected on a plank of combating crime and particularly gun violence. He just lately deployed new strategic groups geared toward getting unlawful weapons out of individuals’s palms.
But he’s but to make a dent.
On Thursday night time, Adams vowed to catch the killer – however blamed the outbursts of violence on a “revolving-door” justice system.
“We’re going to catch this shooter. But as long as we have guns and a revolving-door system, we’re going to continue to come to crime scenes like this. It’s time for it to stop,” Adams mentioned.
Asked in regards to the tragedy Friday, Adams instructed reporters: “It’s horrific to have a young lady shot several times, you know, our hearts go out to the family — to have a young boy shot — and when you look at the video is horrific how it happened … and we’re going to find the individuals that are involved.”
But a clearly pissed off Adams added, “I’m a bit dismayed that all we talk about is protecting people who commit crimes. I say this over and over again, when are we going to start talking about the people who are doing the right thing?”
“Sitting down, eating in a car should not be a death sentence.”
No arrests have been made, and police haven’t launched names of suspects or a motive in the capturing.
Additional reporting by Khristina Narizhnaya