As Multiple Murders Hit Brooklyn Over Weekend, Police Make Arrests, Search for Answers

As Multiple Murders Hit Brooklyn Over Weekend, Police Make Arrests, Search for Answers

Four homicides in as many days hit Brooklyn this weekend, stretching from Friday until the early hours of this morning. Arrests have been made in some cases, plus a few from previous homicides, while a couple cases remain up in the air. Here’s what we know:


EAST FLATBUSH – Just before 3:00 am this morning, police received a call about a man shot at Nostrand Avenue and Glenwood Road in East Flatbush.

Arriving at the scene, officers found a 39-year-old man who had been shot in the chest, police said. EMS transported the man to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

An investigation into the shooting is underway, though at this point, no suspects have been named nor arrests made. The identity of the victim has been withheld pending family notification.


BUSHWICK – On Sunday night, a young woman was shot to death on the street in Bushwick, just a block from her home. Police, however, have a suspect in the tragic killing.

The shooting took place around 10:30 pm, near Saint Nicholas Avenue and Menahan Street, said police, when the suspect fired multiple shots at Sade Sanchez, a nearby resident.

Sanchez was struck multiple times in the body, and though EMS rushed her to Wyckoff Medical Center, she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police are now looking for a man they believe is the shooter: 26-year-old Gabriel Rivera. A photo of Rivera can be seen below:

Gabriel Rivera, 26, is wanted in connection with the shooting death of Sade Sanchez, 24, Sunday night in Bushwick (Photo via DCPI)


RED HOOK – On Friday night, a shooting inside an apartment at the Red Hook Houses left one man dead and his alleged killer in handcuffs.

The murder took place around 10:40 pm on Friday, October 5, said police. Inside the building at 797 Hicks Street, officers found a 30-year-old man unconscious and unresponsive after being shot in the back. EMS transported the man to Methodist Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased, said police.

Later, NYPD announced they’d made an arrest: 17-year-old Devin Corbin, a resident of the building where the murder took place. Corbin has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, said police.

The victim may have been Corbin’s stepfather, it turns out, and police sources told the Daily News that the 17-year old was acting in self-defense, after trying to stop the man from beathing his mother.

The identity of the deceased has been withheld pending family notification.


EAST NEW YORK – Earlier that Friday evening, another murder took the life of a young woman, this one out in East New York, on Van Siclen Avenue.

Just before 7:00 pm, police arrived outside 315 Van Siclen to a call of a person shot, finding Sabrina Moreno, 21, unconscious and unresponsive after being shot in the neck, police said.

EMS transported Moreno, a resident of Sunset Park, to Brookdale Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

An investigation into the shooting is underway, but so far, no arrests have been made.


BED-STUY – Police have made an arrest in a Bed-Stuy stabbing death from late last month.

The victim has been identified as Mills Akintunde, 51, a Bed-Stuy resident who lived a few blocks from where he was killed at 493 Franklin Avenue.

Akintunde was stabbed in the neck on Friday, September 28, said police. EMS transported the victim to Interfaith Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Now, the NYPD has made an arrest: Andre Jones, 40, from Crown Heights was arrested and charged with murder, said police.


Anyone with information in regards to any of these murders is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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