City Councilman Jumaane Williams joined community activists and residents Tuesday to call for legislation to address neighborhood safety at house parties, following this weekend's shooting at an East Flatbush party that injured nine people. NY1's Kristen Shaughnessy filed the following report.
Days after a gunman shot nine people at a Brooklyn house party before jumping into a getaway car, cups still litter the area where people ran for cover Sunday morning. More than a dozen shots were fired and Tuesday morning crime scene investigators shut down the street looking for more evidence as community leaders gathered nearby. Their outrage was palpable, especially disturbed by how easily the gunman was able to get away.
"You let them just walk out and nobody says anything after they spray up a crowd of people and shot nine people. Something is wrong," said City Councilman Jumaane Williams.
"We are having too many shootings, too many deaths and the summer has just begun," said Terry LaPierre, president of Small Business Men and Women of Avenue D.
Williams has introduced legislation that would require people to notify their community board and local police three days before holding a house party with 40 people or more. He also plans to introduce legislation that would make it easier for the NYPD to crack down on parties that charge admission and get promoted on social media.
"They have the tools to pursue noise complaints, trespassing and other violations. If these parties turn from pleasant to problematic police officers should use the tools in their arsenal to keep the peace," Williams said.
And for those too afraid to call police, the leaders say just tell someone.
"Call a local pastor within the precinct and we will get the information to the police. At the end of the day, we all have to take ownership for what happens in our community," said Bishop R.C. Hugh Nelson of the Church of God of East Flatbush.
Longtime residents say they too have had enough.
"We have to know who we invite and who comes. Someone needs to stand at the gate and regulate the people," said one East Flatbush resident.
"I never thought I would live to praise the days of Mayor Giuliani who I'm no fan of, but in Giuliani days the quality of life was much better," said another East Flatbush resident.
Community leaders say they are open to suggestions and would like to hear from anyone who might have a way to keep these house parties from spiraling out of control.