Three men fatally shot Downtown

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A gunman shot three men dead Downtown in the early hours of Sunday morning, police said.

Police responded to reports of shots fired on Fleet Walk near Prince Street at around 1:47 am on Sept. 20, where they found 43-year-old Queens resident Calvin Clinkscales suffering gunshot wounds in the head and torso, 39-year-old Downtown man Lacount Simmons with bullet wounds in his back and torso, and 76-year-old Downtown resident Herbert Brown suffering from a gunshot wound in his abdomen, police said.

Emergency responders declared Clinkscales and Simmons dead at the scene, and took Brown to Methodist Hospital, where he later died from his wounds.

Authorities believe the shooter hit Simmons and Brown, who both live nearby, as they were attempting to flee, according to a police spokesman.

In the wake of the shooting, Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo (D–Fort Greene) called on community members and city officials to do more to combat gun violence, including fighting for stronger anti-gun trafficking laws and making sure kids have access to community centers, which she said steer young people away from a life of crime.

“In recent weeks, gun violence and loss of life has become the new narrative throughout communities of color across this city,” she said in a statement. “When guns are more accessible then community centers and youth programming, we must change course.”

Police have released footage of a guy who they believe is the gunman.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.crom or by texting their tips to 274637, then entering TIP577.

Reach deputy editor Ruth Brown at or by calling (718) 260–8309. Follow her on Twitter @rbbrown.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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jjm from c. hill says:
I wish people would just stop with the calls to bring back racial profiling. Stop & frisk was useless because there was hardly any results that produced a firearm. I guess people love the idea of causing a rift between the police & community smh.
Sept. 21, 2015, 5:44 am
jjm from c. hill says:
And besides, this happened in ft greene to be more specific, being that it hapened in ingersoll projects. I guess the reporter(s) didnt want to be exact with the location of the murders maybe because they're still trying to make money off of ft greene with gentrification & such. Lets just face it, ft greene was & always will be a problematic area no matter how luxrious these folks try to make it seems with million dollar bronstones & whatnot.
Sept. 21, 2015, 5:53 am
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
“When guns are more accessible then community centers and youth programming, we must change course.” WRONG WRONG WRONG. Stop making excuses for these animals. There are plenty of nonprofit organizations out there that provide programming for free or low cost. These idiots choose not to use them because culturally they admire ignorance and have no respect for life. NY already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country but like many urban areas it also has one of the most lackadaisical justice systems. A system that counts plea bargains the same as convictions and encourages D.A.s to do the least amount of work. A system that sees family court Judges accept the “my son is a good boy he just hangs with the wrong crowd…” or the “I’m a single mother trying has hard as I can” spiel over their sworn duty to protect innocent people and to be a voice for victims. Laurie Cumbo when are you and/or your fellow Democrats going to take the D.A.s office to task? Is it because the Brooklyn D.A.s office is also part of the Democrat machine or is it because Ken Thompson is also black that you can’t call his office out?
Sept. 21, 2015, 6:58 am
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
metal detectors should be put up in public housing estates.
Sept. 21, 2015, 8:29 am
Ruth Brown (Brooklyn Paper) says:
jjm: It happened in Downtown based on the map we use. The border is Navy Street, and the houses extend a block past Navy Street.
Sept. 21, 2015, 10:53 am
Callin Out from The Racist Commentors says:
Common Cents is flat busted in the head! When was the last time you were actually in a court room, because you're exactly the type to weasle out of jury duty. You spout the drivel of the proudly ignorant Republican in-no-way-correct Right. These problems come from a deliberate imbalance in distribution of resources. Public schools go underfunded, especially in poor neighborhoods, unions redline those areas against membership to protect blue collar drive-ins from Long Island, and for some reason the Bloomberg administration in a "cost-cutting" move removed the the Public Safety stations out of the housing developments, cutting off an invaluable communication line between the residents and the police! And can somebody explain why the 88th precinct, which covers a high crime area, has 1/3 fewer resources than the 78th, which 1/3 of its area is a big park and the rest are middle class, upper middle class, and wealthy Park Slopers?

If the City wanted to engineer a tragedy factory they couldn't do a better job of it! Unless they hired Common Cents and MJ from Bay Ridge!
Sept. 21, 2015, 11:56 am
jjm from c. hill says:
Ruth, that area is ft greene. Trust me, i used to frequent ft greene projects after school back in the 90s. Sure as a whole it is downtown bk but everybody knows that ingersoll/whitman is ft greene, hence the name ft greene projects.
Sept. 21, 2015, 12:43 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
And its within the 88th pct. It wouldve been reported bt the 84 if that were rhe case.
Sept. 21, 2015, 12:47 pm
Ruth Brown (Brooklyn Paper) says:
The precinct and neighborhood borders don't always line up. I appreciate that people in the area might consider this Fort Greene, but as a rule, we stick to a specific set of neighborhood borders. Otherwise we'd be forever changing articles when artisanal vegan cheese stores in Williamsburg insist their business is in Bushwick.
Sept. 21, 2015, 1:22 pm
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
lol@Callin Out. Weasel out of Jury Duty? The last time I was dismissed because my opinion of treating gang members as terrorists didn't go over too well during screening with the defense attorney. What about my comment is racist? Do you even know what a racist is? Do you even know the difference between someone's color and someone's culture? You want to know why some areas have better resources than others? Because when it comes time to vote the people casting the vote don't blindly vote just because some politician came to their church or because they are a Democrat. They make sure their REPRESENTATIVES actually represent them and if they don't they will be out of a job next go around. And if "These problems come from a deliberate imbalance in distribution of resources." as you said, then why aren't all people living in these areas acting like animals? Some people like to make excuses instead of taking a hard honest look at what's wrong in our community. At the end of the day you can choose to pick up a gun or not. And if you think a lack of resources is the determining factor then I feel sorry for you and your kids.
Sept. 21, 2015, 2:03 pm
Callin Out from The Racist Commentors says:
Are you a racist? Well, the comments on Cumbo and the DA seem to answer that pretty clearly, and racists come in all colors. Self loathing is particularly ugly.

And if you think that the economic situation in an area should assure universal similarity in behavior you must never get outside your own apartment. People will respond as individuals but it is an empirical FACT that poverty stricken areas produce desperation and violence. If it makes you feel superior to deny that, well I'm not surprised. You clearly need to feel superior for some reason, which is another fact.

If you were really interested in ending the violence and poverty that happens in poor areas, particularly our housing developments that have been left to rot by Federal Government since the Clinton administration, you'd be looking for real solutions instead of bragging about equating gang members with terrorists. Do you have a cure for either, or just a set of labels to prop up your tiny little...ego?
Sept. 21, 2015, 3:53 pm
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
I don't have a need to feel superior to these animals. Knowing that I am is good enough. Self loathing? I don't see any hard working blacks running around shooting each other and I'm pretty sure this isn't one of those cases either. Poverty stricken areas blah blah blah. When did being poor equate to being violent? Desperation? They aren't shooting each other because they have bills to pay or because they are trying to put food on the table. It's a lack of respect for life, plain and simple. Keep making excuses for these animals and keep voting for these Democrats or Republicans because it's been working so far...
Sept. 21, 2015, 4:28 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Leaving Ft. Green in 2000 was one of the best experiences in my life. I do miss the Jamaican food, however.
Sept. 21, 2015, 6:19 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
Needless to say, crime in nyc is never gonna stop, no matter what kind of solutions we try to put in place to stop it. Sure, some of you may think just because this happened in the projects that it doesnt mean much to you. Heck, some of you probably dont even talk to people living in those projects but they are your fellow brooklynites. They've been here a heck of a lot longer then some of you have. They are no less of human beings as you are so dont just ignore them or this situation that just happened because we all have problems, faults & flaws in some kind of way.
Sept. 22, 2015, 12:26 pm
Callin Out from The Anti-Racist Commentors says:
Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white. Check the mirror...
Sept. 22, 2015, 8:59 pm
Paul from Williamsburg says:
If I were writing the article, I would have described that as a Fort Greene location for the shooting, because it is East of Gold Street and South of Park Ave. Some may consider Navy Street the DMZ but I think that is only farther South after Navy becomes Ashland Pl.
Sept. 23, 2015, 3:47 am
Samir Kabir from Downtown says:
Common Cents needs a shrink. Immediately. And a name change. African-Americans continue to suffer the effects of slavery, no matter how many years pass by. Forcibly take someone from their country, tear them away from their family, pile them up like logs in the bottom of cargo ships. If any of them survive, sell them into slavery. Most African Americans do not know where they are from in Africa. This sanctity and strength has been ripped from their hearts. They are suffering and continue to suffer. Discrimination and repression of black people is the rule in the United States, not the exception. I believe every descendant of an African slave in this country should get a free college education, if they meet the requirements. Enough is enough.
Sept. 23, 2015, 4:02 am
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
I'm the one that needs a shrink but you people are making excuses for a handful of idiots that don't know how to act. Millions of blacks in this country go to work and school and do the right thing but these animals continue to drag the entire group down with them. What ever happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Keep making excuses for those animals and remember that when you're a victim because they have no problem setting it off on you or your loved ones.
Sept. 23, 2015, 4:58 am

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