Bed-Stuy Mourns Man, 79, Killed By Stray Gunfire - NBC New York

Bed-Stuy Mourns Man, 79, Killed By Stray Gunfire



    Beloved Brooklyn Man's Death Outrages Community

    A Brooklyn neighborhood is outraged after a popular local man, 79-year-old Andrew Burke, was shot and killed outside a barber shop where he was a longtime patron. John Noel reports. (Published Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011)

    Bed-Stuy residents are mourning a beloved elderly neighborhood man who was killed when he was hit by stray gunfire as he sat outside a barbershop.

    Andy Burke, 79, was shot at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 358 Marcus Garvey Blvd. when shots were fired on the street.

    Fest's Barbershop is known as the heart and soul of the neighborhood. Owner Darryle Stallings said Burke was one of his longtime customers, and was known to everyone in the area.

    "He was the community guy -- everyone loved him," Stallings said. "He knew the history of this place. He was the archivist."

    Elderly Bed-Stuy Man Caught in Deadly Crossfire

    [NY] Elderly Bed-Stuy Man Caught in Deadly Crossfire
    Police believe an elderly man was sitting outside of a barber shop when he was caught in the crossfire of a shootout in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011)

    Burke's son told NBC New York on Thursday that he was dealing with "a lot of hurt."

    "Me and my dad was real close," he said. "I just went to see him Saturday and was talking to him Tuesday night when I was coming home from work."

    Surveillance video (below) captured the shooting, showing two men firing guns as they chase after a third man.

    Those on the street dove for cover, but Burke, in the upper left of the video, was hit in the neck.

    On Thursday, steps from where Burke was killed, community leaders called for an end to the violence.

    Police are still looking for clues as to who these men are and what led to the deadly shooting. All three men got away.