Deputy Inspector John Bambury, the precinct's commanding officer, informed residents of the response to the Oct. 9 shooting of 16-year-old Tavin Alves,who was fatally struck inside his Cooper Street apartment,as well as the arrest of the alleged shooter, 29-year-old Sean Gordon.
...According to Deputy Inspector Bambury, the suspect reportedly pulled out a handgun during the argument and fired several shots into the air.
...Deputy Inspector John Bambury, commanding officer of the 83rd Precinct, displays the mugshot of a suspected flasher recently arrested by members of the force.
...In the aftermath of the shooting, Bambury said, members of the precinct,including the 83rd Precinct Detective Squad,converged on the area in a "full court press" in search of the gunman, assisted by various NYPD units and officials including Chief of Department Joseph Esposito, a former commander of the 83rd Precinct.
During questioning, Bambury
said, the suspect allegedly gave a "full confession" and was later charged with second-degree murder.
"You let a bullet go, you're responsible for where it lands," he
...Alves' death was the 10th homicide in the 83rd Precinct year-to-date, Deputy Inspector Bambury reported.
Last year, the command saw just four reported murders.
The shooting was also reflective of a persistent gun violence problem in the community, the deputy inspector indicated.He
urged residents to take part in the NYPD's
Operation Gun Stop, whereby a caller can anonymously report anyone suspected of carrying an illegal firearm.Bambury
stated that the public can directly make the report to the city's Gun Stoppers hotline at 1-866-GUN-STOP or to the 83rd Precinct
, which will then notify the hotline on behalf of the individual.
Even so, Bambury
reported, the precinct has seen a drop in a number of major felonies throughout the command, including a 21 percent reduction in robberies for the years.Felony assaults, burglaries and auto thefts have also taken a nose dive, while rapes and grand larcenies have held "about even" from similar numbers a year ago.
"We're not just putting the mission accomplished flag and saying we're done," he
observed."We use [the statistics] as a way to track how effective we're [are] ... Crime is down, but we're not done."Deputy Inspector Bambury credited an increase in community involvement with the precinct for the declining crime numbers.He
noted that police were able to deter a rumored gang confrontation in the area with additional patrols that were dispatch after an anonymous tipster alerted the precinct to the planned brawl.
...With Halloween fast approaching, Deputy Inspector Bambury informed the public that the precinct would dispatch additional patrols on Oct. 31 to help keep trick-or-treaters safe while combating potential gang violence.