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Shooting Reported At St. Pauls Court and Caton Avenue Around Midnight

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A couple neighbors have reached out to us about a shooting that occurred around St. Pauls Court and Caton Avenue around 12am this morning, during which a series of gunshots rang out and, according to New York City Alerts, two perpetrators fled on foot.

“I heard four shots, maybe five, couple yells,” neighbor Katie M. told us. “Then a few people, probably three to four, ran up St. Pauls toward Crooke.”

After Katie called the police, she saw “two groups of four cops each going from the Crooke end of the block towards Caton. I didn’t see anything on Caton but bright lights on the next block towards Church.”

Additionally, a helicopter circled the area for about half an hour, according to the neighbor.

We’ve reached out to the police about the shooting, including if anyone was injured and if there have been any arrests, and will update this as soon as we get new information.

As always, let us know if you have more information about this by posting below or emailing us at editor@ditmasparkcorner.com

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  1. Omg! I just moved right near this area! This is scary. Does this happen often here?? Is the area not considered safe?

  2. Omg! I just moved right near this area! This is scary. Does this happen often here?? Is the area not considered safe?

  3. It happens VERY OFTEN. Dun dun dah. Every week, it’s a stabbing, shooting or a random beating! This is a designated war zone! Last month, a man was charged for carrying a AR15 assault rifle on Crooke Avenue. And just yesterday, a 12 year old was arrested for beating an old man with a bat. You have latchkey kids running in packs looking for people to assault and to maim. It’s very dangerous. At night, you have a 88% chance of being shot or stabbed and 22% chance of avoiding it. It’s bad.

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  4. It happens VERY OFTEN. Dun dun dah. Every week, it’s a stabbing, shooting or a random beating! This is a designated war zone! Last month, a man was charged for carrying a AR15 assault rifle on Crooke Avenue. And just yesterday, a 12 year old was arrested for beating an old man with a bat. You have latchkey kids running in packs looking for people to assault and to maim. It’s very dangerous. At night, you have a 88% chance of being shot or stabbed and 22% chance of avoiding it. It’s bad.

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  5. Wow! This is really bad news! Now I’m having major anxiety. I just moved this past weekend. I thought this area was gentrifying! Isnt it part of Ditmas area so why is still so ghetto?

  6. Wow! This is really bad news! Now I’m having major anxiety. I just moved this past weekend. I thought this area was gentrifying! Isnt it part of Ditmas area so why is still so ghetto?

  7. She overexaggerated, it is gentrifying it isnt the best neighborhood but yes, there are a couple shootings here and there but 1000% better then before 2012 and still getting better, you will be alright, should have moved to the orher side by newkirk avenue

  8. The neighborhood is fine. Look at crime statistics as compared to most other Brooklyn or even Manhattan neighborhoods and you will see it stacks up pretty favorably unless you go much farther east or in the Flatbush ave corridor. Among the many advantages of this blog is that you are very aware of what is going on in the neighborhood, but sometimes being too aware can be an issue.
    And just to echo what Nora was getting at, “gentrification” is not viewed generally in these parts as a good thing. To many it means the “whitewashing” of the vibrant community and neighborhood that has been here for a long time and still is. This does not mean that we dont all appreciate having nicer places to go, but that it needs to be done in an respectful and inclusive way. And I am not sure you are aware of how loaded your use of the word “ghetto” is, but it really is offensive to almost everyone here and belittles our home.

    And to address porter’s comment, sure Newkirk is nice, but the whole area basically has just as much crime as anywhere else when you start getting over towards Flatbush ave. http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Flatbush_Ditmas_Park-Brooklyn/5102/crime/ In the northern part of the neighborhood we have our blossoming Church ave amenities as well as some of the most beautiful streets of victorians, easy access to Kensington, PLG, and Windsor Terrace and of course our proximity to the park. Welcome to the neighborhood.

  9. The neighborhood is fine. Look at crime statistics as compared to most other Brooklyn or even Manhattan neighborhoods and you will see it stacks up pretty favorably unless you go much farther east or in the Flatbush ave corridor. Among the many advantages of this blog is that you are very aware of what is going on in the neighborhood, but sometimes being too aware can be an issue.
    And just to echo what Nora was getting at, “gentrification” is not viewed generally in these parts as a good thing. To many it means the “whitewashing” of the vibrant community and neighborhood that has been here for a long time and still is. This does not mean that we dont all appreciate having nicer places to go, but that it needs to be done in an respectful and inclusive way. And I am not sure you are aware of how loaded your use of the word “ghetto” is, but it really is offensive to almost everyone here and belittles our home.

    And to address porter’s comment, sure Newkirk is nice, but the whole area basically has just as much crime as anywhere else when you start getting over towards Flatbush ave. http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Flatbush_Ditmas_Park-Brooklyn/5102/crime/ In the northern part of the neighborhood we have our blossoming Church ave amenities as well as some of the most beautiful streets of victorians, easy access to Kensington, PLG, and Windsor Terrace and of course our proximity to the park. Welcome to the neighborhood.

  10. I apologize if my words offended anyone. That was NOT my intention. It’s just extremely terrifying to learn that the new area I moved in recently had a shooting not too far from me and that this is common! I was told one thing by the broker and building management, but to experience something else is alarming. I like to socialize and frequent the City, coming home late at nights and I don’t want to get caught in the “war zone.” But I’m glad to read that it’s not so bad. (I hope!)

  11. I apologize if my words offended anyone. That was NOT my intention. It’s just extremely terrifying to learn that the new area I moved in recently had a shooting not too far from me and that this is common! I was told one thing by the broker and building management, but to experience something else is alarming. I like to socialize and frequent the City, coming home late at nights and I don’t want to get caught in the “war zone.” But I’m glad to read that it’s not so bad. (I hope!)

  12. just keep aware of your surroundings, dont play with your cell phone and keep headphones on walking alone. Same deal all over BK no matter what the “crime stats” say.

    Things happen all over the place- I read a few days ago of a stabbing in park slope..thats like the rich people stroller capital of BK.

  13. just keep aware of your surroundings, dont play with your cell phone and keep headphones on walking alone. Same deal all over BK no matter what the “crime stats” say.

    Things happen all over the place- I read a few days ago of a stabbing in park slope..thats like the rich people stroller capital of BK.

  14. Welcome to the neighborhood Romana. Of course, realtors will tend to emphasize the good. And there’s far more to be done to make our neighborhood as safe as it can be than to “be aware of your surroundings” which — of course — goes without saying. The crime reported on this blog is not one, I fear, that could be avoided. It sounds very much like a targeted slaying, which is too bad. And if you are coming home late, when there are fewer people around, it isn’t a terrible idea to perhaps get off the train at Prospect Park or Church Ave and take a cab to your door. The fact is that some of the recent developments in the area, like the Farmer’s Market and the new businesses on Cortelyou, do help to deter crime by encouraging people to get out, walk around, and hang out in the neighborhood. But I am going to disagree with those who tell you to avoid certain areas. In the ‘bad old eighties’ when crack was the scourge that it was, people were scared, and stayed behind locked doors, and it was less safe all over. That’s the conundrum – we are the solution to our own problem. As long as there are people out and about, I don’t hesitate to go anywhere. This neighborhood has lots going for it — great transportation, housing stock, wonderful people. Get out there, explore, ride a bike, do a yoga class, make friends, nod to and say hello to people on the street, patronize local establishments, join a group or two (there’s lots of organizational listings on the DPC site) and hold your head up high. You live in Flatbush.

  15. Welcome to the neighborhood Romana. Of course, realtors will tend to emphasize the good. And there’s far more to be done to make our neighborhood as safe as it can be than to “be aware of your surroundings” which — of course — goes without saying. The crime reported on this blog is not one, I fear, that could be avoided. It sounds very much like a targeted slaying, which is too bad. And if you are coming home late, when there are fewer people around, it isn’t a terrible idea to perhaps get off the train at Prospect Park or Church Ave and take a cab to your door. The fact is that some of the recent developments in the area, like the Farmer’s Market and the new businesses on Cortelyou, do help to deter crime by encouraging people to get out, walk around, and hang out in the neighborhood. But I am going to disagree with those who tell you to avoid certain areas. In the ‘bad old eighties’ when crack was the scourge that it was, people were scared, and stayed behind locked doors, and it was less safe all over. That’s the conundrum – we are the solution to our own problem. As long as there are people out and about, I don’t hesitate to go anywhere. This neighborhood has lots going for it — great transportation, housing stock, wonderful people. Get out there, explore, ride a bike, do a yoga class, make friends, nod to and say hello to people on the street, patronize local establishments, join a group or two (there’s lots of organizational listings on the DPC site) and hold your head up high. You live in Flatbush.

  16. There are plenty of nice places to socialize in our neighborhood – one doesn’t have to go into the city.

  17. There are plenty of nice places to socialize in our neighborhood – one doesn’t have to go into the city.

  18. I’m right between Church Ave and Caton Ave, right next to the train stop. Just a block or two away from this shooting incident. Please do give suggestions of where to hang out and socialize here. Also how to go about making friends in the neighborhood. Thank you for your comments!

  19. I’m right between Church Ave and Caton Ave, right next to the train stop. Just a block or two away from this shooting incident. Please do give suggestions of where to hang out and socialize here. Also how to go about making friends in the neighborhood. Thank you for your comments!

  20. ” It sounds very much like a targeted slaying, which is too bad”

    Right, it would have been much better with a randomly chosen victim.

  21. ” It sounds very much like a targeted slaying, which is too bad”

    Right, it would have been much better with a randomly chosen victim.

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