Friday, January 10, 2020
Exclusive: Video shows chaotic moments after fatal shootings on Avenue A
Early Thursday morning, two men, identified as Earl Facey and Richard Reid, reportedly got into an argument inside the Hayaty Hookah Bar at 103 Avenue A between Sixth Street and Seventh Street.
The fight escalated outside the club, when the two men — each reportedly carrying a .22 caliber handgun — exchanged gunfire. Surveillance footage obtained by NBC 4 shows the two men "shooting at each other as they dance around a parked car," per the report, outside Hayaty.
The chase ended in front of 113 Avenue A, the address of Ray's Candy Store, where Facey was said by police to fatally shoot Reid in the torso. Two uniformed officers who were on patrol nearby shot Facey on the northwest corner of Avenue A and Seventh Street as he walked away, refusing multiple commands to drop his weapon and lie on the ground, according to police accounts and media reports. One officer fired his weapon twice, the other one time. Facey later died at Bellevue.
Francisco Valera, a photographer and photojournalist/videographer, lives in a front-facing apartment on Avenue A at Seventh Street.
"It was 3:38 a.m. I was awake, writing in my computer in my living room. It was pretty quiet. Suddenly I heard the shouts of what appeared to be men, nothing unusual for this crazy corner. Then I heard the shots — like three or four times," he said in an email. "I knew right away they were from guns. My dog ran toward
the window and I panicked, thinking the bullets could hit him. I turned the lights off and looked out the window to see a men laying in the middle of Avenue A."
He shared this two-minute video that shows the moments after both men were shot. (The first 15 seconds of the video were filmed sideways.) In the clip below, two officers have their guns drawn, crouching behind a trashcan, looking toward Facey, in the green jacket lying in the intersection of Seventh Street at Avenue A.
An unidentified voice can be heard yelling "two shooters down" and telling officers to "holster up." Officers can also be heard commanding passersby to "back off" multiple times.
In the street outside 113 Avenue A, officers are performing CPR on Reid, on his back in the white jacket. An unidentified man is seen pleading with the police. "Officer, please put him in a car. Put him in the car — you don't have a fucking second!" The sounds of an ambulance can be heard in the distance. The man turns to the north on Avenue A toward the approaching ambulance. He pleads with the officers again to take Reid to a hospital in an NYPD vehicle: "There's traffic because of this! What the fuck are you all doing!"
The video contains disturbing images — viewer discretion is advised.
Police said both men were reputed gang members and have been linked to prior shootings.
Posted by Grieve at 10:21 AM
Labels: East Village crime, NYPD
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Frightening. When you wake up in the EV today it's like the '70s all over again. Thanks Death-of-the City
Not a career I would ever choose, you can see how on edge the cops are, arriving to a scene not knowing how many people are involved or how many people are carrying.
We might as well get used to this happening since we are officially the "nightlife" neighborhood and the new drug is alcohol which is being promoted by landlords, city government and NY state legislators.
As much as I detest many of DeBlassio's policies and his lack on initiatives to improve things in the city, I think pushing on to him the blame for last night's shootings in the EV is a step too far. Do the people involved have no responsibility? Does the cafe where this started have no responsibility?
I'm sorry what are you going on about? EV has always been a 'nightlife' neighborhood, for decades it's been home to so many famous venues and bars. I don't even know where to begin with alcohol the 'new' drug. Are you one of those AA people that think everyone is an addict?
I am amazed at the person screaming at the cops to put the shot suspect in the car. First off...in this day and age I wouldn’t yell shit at a cop especially with two nearby with weapons drawn. Then there seems to be a woman in a cream sweater just walk up to a police officer who appears to be checking the downed suspects vitals....ummm nope. Stay away from police when shit is going down.
The NYT coverage seems to indicate that the shooter was walking away, his hands at his sides, no doubt trying to seem innocuous. In which case the police officer shot him in the back. Which should not be okay. If the bad guy gets away for the time being, he gets away; pursue him some other way, one which is legal and safer for bystanders.
If you think this is like the 70s you weren't here. A guy got shotgunned on Ave B. A half hour later a squad car pulled up to look at the corpse. They didn't even roll down the windows.
So basically this was a shootout between a Crip and a member of the Insane Gangsta Crips, which means we need a crackdown on gangs again. These guys make their money selling drugs and guns, with a little robbery thrown in for good measure, which explains why they don’t mind paying for the overpriced hookah and liquor at places like this.
I’m not for stop and frisk in general, but it might be time for the city to require pat downs at any after hours place that sells liquor. Too many late night drunk bar fights happen, and when people have guns they often end up dead.
Sorry. Gross exaggeration.
I don't think one shootout is FEAR CITY but if there are clubs that sell booze and are attracting violence the city has the mechanism to make it very hard for them to stay in business.
It's always time for a crackdown on gangs. The NYPD has failed to integrate themselves with the high crime communities - and the cops agree on this - which makes it harder. Sadly what will happen is the violence will continue to be more and more zoned, and no the EastVillage2020 young suburban professional bar crawl theme park with weekday stroller pushers isn't one of the bad neighborhoods. There's a block on Ave D that's sketchy but that's it.
I LOVE "COPS" who know, "Shooting in back, not ok", but so and so is", : DUH!..Do you know what went down?..Do you know the man was told to put down the gun"...do you know an officer can shoot, IF YOU ARE HOLDING A FIREARM, and he feels his life is in danger?...NO, but have an opinion anyway..No debate. Now telling...I know the story, as close to the truth as possible..Now, OMERTA
Moved here in 1981, Ave C and 6th Street. Drug dealers kept the thugs out so not to victimize their drug customers.
Yes there was nightlife if you want to call dive bars and a handful of clubs which were more like performance spaces. Besides a some old school alcoholics people didn't run the street drunk, you would be victimized if you did.
This kind of killing was more typical from spots in Queens and Brooklyn where most gangs operated.
Yes it's changed a lot now that this is not seen as a neighborhood but an entertainment district.
Too true. When chaos, tensions, and adrenaline are high, you're just increasing the chance of another bad happening, unintentionally.
Maybe it’s just me but I’d say when two people are killed in the street on the same day after shooting at each other indiscriminately that its a good time to look at what can be done before it happens again. Pat downs, more club screenings, police towers, foot patrols, undercover cops, gang crackdowns or whatever it takes could help save the life of an innocent bystander before we turn into another Chicago, Having spent a bit of time on the South Side of Chicago, I can tell you we do not want what goes on there to happen here. Perhaps if these gang members find out that they are being screened and could be arrested for gun possession they will either leave their guns at home or take their hookah business elsewhere.
I’m not sure what your quota for taking action is, but one shooting and one dead person is mine.
I can't BELIEVE the IDIOCY of NON COPS(some) guy above...Walked away, get him later..go to another planet..GUN IN HAND, DROP IT.NO.?.DEAD..RIGHTEOUS
Cops did everything right. Current police department policies are very soft.
And am a native NYer aged 50.
Rule of thumb for me is avoid places that need bouncers. It implies a hot-head clientele.
With the new DeBlasio-Cuomo no jail no bail law in effect, where perps walk away after an arrest, where defense attorneys have names and addresses of victims and witnesses to pass on to their criminal defendants, expect more of the above.
That's a bit much. Lol
No. That is indeed a gross exaggeration. You don’t even have to take it from those of us who actually live here, you could have a look at crime statistics. If you care at all about accuracy or want to be respected by people who do, it’s the least you can do.
Then we should appreciate those who put their life on the line for strangers(1st responders?),,,so the cop haters can wake up all snuggly, have coffee, and get busy being keyboard gangstas
So you’re saying it’s not okay for the police to react to a someone who not only shot and killed someone else but also didn’t follow their commands?
So you’re saying it’s not okay for the cops to react to someone who just shot and killed another person, who was still armed and wasn’t following their commands? The first response of police is to keep the community safe and this guy was clearly a threat to the community.
There was a man who had just shot and killed another man, and who was still carrying the gun, ignoring police commands to stop walking away. To me, that guy would have seemed like a serious threat to the lives of anybody around there, including the officers.
now those garbage receptacles make sense.
The NBC 4 reporter called it "Thompson's Square Park" you gotta love people that don't even know the names of the places in this town anymore. Hey, I heard they just opened a new bar on Austin Street! I mean Houston! Whatever!
I live in the neighborhood - in fact, I was at Blink gym at 1 am - just a few hours before and a few steps from the shooting. Should the cops have shot the other gunman in the back - HELL YES. Why would they let a crazy man with a gun walk away to potentially shoot other people.
Anyone that says it's the mayor, or the east village is getting scary, is absolutely bonkers.
Maybe they just got into New York? It's the dang east village people. It's still has grit to it. Sorry you paid 5k a month to live there on you parents dime, but it can be sketch. The history in that neighborhood goes far back.
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