A 12-year-old boy who was shot dead while sitting in a parked car with family members in Brooklyn is being remembered for his love of video games, and for being a kind and quiet kid.
Kade Lewin, 12, was shot in the head and chest with multiple bullets after he and two relatives pulled over to eat their Boston Market on East 56th Street and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush at around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene after the shooter fired 11 bullets into the Toyota Corolla.
His cousin Jenna Ellis, 20, who was sitting in the driver’s seat, was hit in the upper leg and right cheek. She was rushed to Kings County Hospital where she is expected to survive, but remains in critical condition. She had recently gotten her license and was driving Lewin’s mother’s car. Lewin and Ellis were reportedly very close and saw each other frequently.
A younger female relative, eight, was sitting in the back seat and was uninjured. She said she was eating and looking at her phone when the violence begun.
The little boy is now being remembered by the community as kind and quiet, and for his love of video games.
The boy’s barber, who also works with Lewin’s mother at Faith Beauty Salon, said he was heartbroken to learn of the boy’s passing.
‘I’ve been cutting his hair for the last three years. He was here three weeks ago,’ the unidentified barber, 52, told the . ‘He is a nice little boy — intelligent, always well-groomed.’ The barber also said little Lewin used to wear his hair in a mohawk.
Another salon worker said: ‘He is always right there with her — good son, good boy. It’s still bothering me. It’s a kid. I have a 10-year-old boy… They played Fortnite together online.’
Both the female salon worker and the barber said they were fed up with gun violence.
Kade Lewin, 12, was fatally shot in the head as he sat eating Boston Market in a parked car with two family members on Thursday night on East 56th Street and Linden Boulevard in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, around 7.45pm
The child was shot in the head and chest. His cousin Jenna Ellis, 20, was shot in the cheek and upper leg while an and an eight-year-old girl was left uninjured. Ellis was taken to the Kings County Hospital and remains in critical condition
She told the New York Post: ‘The gun violence is too much. It’s sad, you know, it’s sad. It’s unreal. Only God can stop it. Who else?’
The barber agreed, stating: ‘That has to stop. Nobody is benefiting from it except Mr. Smith & Wesson — the ones who make the gun. I saw a lot of police last night. I said it’s better to see a million police than one gunman.’
The police called Lewin’s killing ‘senseless,’ and said the boy and his ‘church-going’ family were not the intended targets of the shooting.
‘Once again I’m standing here before you to brief you on another senseless shooting, this time a shooting involving the death of a 12-year-old child,’ NYPD Assistant Chief Mike Kemper, commanding officer of Brooklyn South, said during a Thursday night press conference from the scene.
Investigators believe the family was not targeted. A source told the that the gunman was targeting someone who drives a similar make and model car.
Immediately after the shooting, two black sedans were reported to have fled the scene at high speeds.
reported a witness as saying: ‘I heard eight shots and I would say within 20 seconds of the shots, I saw a car on the corner facing East New York Avenue… and they almost got into an accident with oncoming traffic.’
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the force will use ‘every possible resource’ to find the shooter.
‘We have a number of leads that we intend to follow up on [Friday] and when we have some information we will make sure we will put it out.
‘We cannot lose sight of the fact that there are people being hurt in our streets. There’s violence affecting our communities, and it has to stop,’ she added.
Lewin’s mother Suzette is hoping an arrest will be made soon and for justice to be brought for her son.
‘Just justice,’ she told the New York Daily News. ‘Justice for my baby.’
Investigators (pictured) do not believe the family was targeted and a source said the shooter was looking for a similar car
A family friend recalled the moment he heard the news and called Suzette, telling the New York Daily News: ‘Somebody called and asked if I heard what happened. They said: “Suzette’s son got shot.” I went home and tried to call her [to] tell her I heard what happened and she said: “They just killed my son like that.” He was just a quiet kid and it hit me hard.’
New York City Mayor Eric Adams was at the scene to decry the latest senseless death from gun violence in streets flooded with firearms and a ‘revolving door system’ of criminality, incarceration and bail.
‘We’ve taken 48 guns off the street of this precinct this year, and 100 last year,’ the mayor said.
Adams had previously said that the Big Apple has become ‘a laughingstock’ in need of a ‘wartime general’ to tackle the ongoing problem amid its skyrocketing crime rates.
Felony assaults and shootings have seen a rises of around 18 percent year over year, while rape and robbery have jumped 33 percent and 44 percent respectively, with murder holding steady and being the only crime not to see an increase. Overall crime in New York has risen a massive 47.7 percent from this time last year.
Overall crime in the city is up more than 45 percent since the same period last year
New York City workers said they were fed up with the rise in crime and homelessness in the city, according to a recent poll of more than 9,000 employees. Of those polled, 84 percent said conditions in the city have worsened in the last two years
About 40 percent of those working in Manhattan wanted to move away due to rising crime (left) while 48 percent of those working in the other four boroughs agreed (right)
In one of a number of examples of violent crime in recent weeks in New York, 40-year-old Deloitte executive Michelle Go was killed when a homeless ex-con pushed her in front of an oncoming train.
The senseless murder by Simon Martial, 61, came before the schizophrenic man should be kept in a mental hospital.
A scientist who was pushed down a staircase and hit repeatedly with a hammer blamed bail reforms for the ‘wave of horrors’ inflicted on New York in recent weeks.
Nina Rothschild, 58, said she still struggles to walk, is weary of strangers on the street and has no immediate plans to resume using New York City’s crime-plagued subway system.
Suspect William Blount, 57, was arrested days after the February 24 attack and charged with attempted murder, robbery and assault.
It follows half a dozen prior arrests including charges of robbery and criminal possession of a controlled substance, prompting some to ask why Blount was out free in the first place.
Adams said he wants to see changes in bail reform laws and other criminal justice measures, claiming they will bring down crime rates in the city and reduce gun violence.
In February, Adams outlined his plans for https://garmin-express.support/ city bail laws, which often allow for suspects to roam the streets sometimes within hours of an arrest.
‘Let’s remove the cash bail system, because one should not be able to get out of jail just because you can pay bail. Let’s take that away. Judges should look at the case in front of them and say, ‘This person has two gun arrests, and he’s continually saying to the people of the city that I don’t care about the safety of you,’ the mayor said.
‘That judge should have the right to make the discretion that this person just be held.’
About 74 percent of respondents said that safety has gotten worse in the city since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, with 82 percent saying homelessness has also worsened
In light of the rampant crime wave enveloping the city, New Yorkers working in Manhattan are so fed up that 40 percent said they want to leave the Empire State – wi