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Suspect Faces Attempted Murder Charges In Connection With Triple Brooklyn Shooting

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A man from the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens section of Brooklyn who allegedly shot and injured three people Sunday on the block where he lived was arrested Monday night and is now facing multiple charges of attempted murder.

Kevon Brown, 29, is facing five counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault, after he was questioned at the 70th Precinct.

Authorities say Brown opened fire on Lenox Road between Bedford and Flatbush Avenues at around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, first hitting a 25-year-old man in the torso and a 42-year-old man in the torso and leg.

Moments later, police officers gave chase to the suspect. Authorities say Brown then shot at officers but missed and grazed the neck of a 14-year-old boy with a bullet.

Sunday's shooting was part of an extremely violent weekend across the five boroughs.

Police say 26 people were shot over the weekend, including three people under the age of 16.

They also say while seven people died as a result of shootings between Friday to Sunday, the total of 127 homicides so far this year are down 24 percent compared to the previous year.

They also say, compared to last year, the number of shooting incidents so far this year is down 27 percent and the number of people shot so far this year is down 29 percent.

Nevertheless, the NYPD announced Monday evening that it is increasing security measures, such as adding more police officers to the city's public housing developments and placing more plainclothes officers on anti-crime units.

The police are also putting more Skywatch observation towers and TerraHawk mobile observation towers in the areas where the weekend's shootings took place.

Investigators are also monitoring street crews to see if they are planning further violence in response to the weekend's incidents.

It is not known how long these elevated security measures will last.

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