An attorney for the Cuomo administration who was shot in the head in the early morning hours before the J’Ouvert festival in Brooklyn has been declared brain-dead, his family and the governor’s office confirmed. The 43-year-old Carey Gabay had been in a coma and was in critical condition since the Labor Day shooting. He remains on life support.
Gabay, a Harvard grad who most recently worked as the first deputy general counsel at Empire State Development Corporation, was caught up in gunfire — reportedly between two rival gangs — before the annual West Indian Day Parade. Gabay was just two blocks from Prospect Park and tried to take cover between cars in a parking lot, but was hit in the top of the head by a bullet.
The police are still looking for the alleged suspects and have released a sketch of a man supposedly involved, as well as two surveillance videos that reveal two armed gunmen. The NYPD is offering a $12,500 reward for more information that could lead to the arrests of those involved, echoing the pleas of Gabay’s family.