Horror down the hall: Police suspect same shooter gunned down neighbors in W’burg complex

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Cops are hunting for the killer who they believe shot two next-door neighbors to death inside their apartments in a Williamsburg public-housing complex.

Authorities first found victim Ana Devalle, 62, shot execution style with her hands bound and a bullet hole in her head around 6:47 pm on Friday, while responding to reported assault inside her fifth-floor unit in the Bushwick Houses building at 140 Moore St, where paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

And less than two days later, police discovered Devalle’s neighbor, 54-year-old Basil Gray, unconscious with multiple shot wounds inside his apartment at the same location around 4:30 pm on Sunday.

Emergency responders also pronounced Gray dead at the scene, according to a Police Department spokesman, who said investigators suspect one sicko slaughtered both victims on the same day, based on evidence gathered in their ongoing probe of the incidents.

“There are indications that these two homicides are linked,” said police spokesman Sergeant Lee Jones. “We do believe they were killed the same day, within the same short time period.”

There were no signs of forced entry into either apartment, according to Jones, who could not confirm how many bullets hit each victim, or whether the perp stole items from the deceased woman or man, despite reports that officers found some money missing from Devalle’s apartment while searching it.

Authorities’ investigation into both fatal shootings is ongoing, Jones said.

Reach Deputy Editor Anthony Rotunno at or by calling (718) 260-8303.
Updated 5:44 pm, July 9, 2018
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Kristy from Queens says:
Just because they lived in public housing doesn't mean they are "ghetto" or there life any less. She was my cousin and by far the nicest person you could ever meet. Your comment is not only disrespectful but down right ignorant. There is nothing normal of two people being executed and having family members finding their loved ones lifeless in there home.
May 15, 2018, 9:13 am
Betty C from Williamsburg says:
Clarice...Your comment shows your ignorance of our people and this community. Killing is NOT normal to anyone...keep your bias to yourself.
Not so long ago the Village was known for its crime and drugs so I wouldn't be so quick to use the derogatory word ghetto-this is a vibrant growing area! condolences to you and your family and the families of the other victim. No one deserves to die in this manner...where they lived has nothing to do with this. Pray they find the person(s) who did this.
May 15, 2018, 11:30 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Clarice from Greenwhich Village,
Shame on you!
May 16, 2018, 8:25 am
Clarice from From Greenwhich Village: says:
Very ignorant and uncouth of you. You should not be making comments about ppl and places that you dont know nothing about. You gain nothing but spread negativity.
July 14, 2018, 10:14 pm

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