Published on March 26th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman0
Gunman who shot four at Coney Island housing project arrested
Police have arrested the gunman who killed one man and shot three other people yesterday in a Coney Island housing project.
Cops took Joseph Brown into custody at his friend’s apartment about 6 a.m. this morning, and charges were pending.
Brown allegedly tricked 62-year-old Eva Natal into letting him inside a fifth-floor apartment at the Gravesend Houses on West 33rd Street just before 4 p.m, sources said.
He headed to Natal’s son Matt’s bedroom, where he closed the door and allegedly opened fire.
As Brown ran out of the apartment, he allegedly pumped a bullet into Eva’s stomach and shot at two others in the living room.
NYPD hostage negotiators were on the scene at one point because they believed Brown had barricaded himself in a nearby building, but cops later left the area.
Police believe Brown had a beef with one of Natal’s sons, a source said.
Eva Natal was rushed to Lutheran Hospital where she was in serious but stable condition. Matt Natal, 24, was shot in the head and also taken to Lutheran, where he was in critical condition. Another son of Eva’s, who is 40, was grazed by a bullet in the head. He was well enough to remain at the scene and be interviewed by cops.
The dead man – identified by his sister as Angel Rivera, 28 – was a friend of one of Natal’s sons.
“When I wake up in the morning tomorrow, I’m not gonna see my brother there” said the sister, Ashley Serrano, 22. “I can’t believe it,” said a senior woman, who lived there 35 years. “I raised all my kids in the building. This is the first time I have seen anything like this happen. This is shocking.”
Source: New York Post “Gunman who shot four at Coney Island housing project arrested,” March 23, 2013.