A shooting on Saturday night at Frederick Douglass Houses left one hospitalized with the shooter still on the loose.
A 29-year-old man was shot at 10:41 p.m. in the torso outside 840 Columbus Ave., a New York Police Department spokesperson said. He was taken to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.
“I saw fighting from the window,” said a resident of 830 Columbus Ave., the building directly across the courtyard. “Later I saw in front of the door someone pulled out a gun.”
She said there were two shots, one that took place directly in front of the building and another on the northern side. It was too dark to see who was involved, she said.
“Everyone ran,” she added, “The police never caught anyone.”
Carida Nova, a resident of 840, said she heard the aftermath.
“I don’t know who got shot, all I heard was yelling and screaming,” Nova said.
Frederick Douglass resident Shaka McCullough, who has lived in the complex for 45 years, said that she’s worried about the safety of the project.
“Most of my life that I’ve lived here, I’ve felt safe here, but it is getting more dangerous,” McCullough said, though she added, “It’s not like a shooting happens everyday.”
McCullough emphasized the lack of police presence.
“They have the police station over here but they only circle around here once in a while,” she said, pointing toward 100th Street, where the 24th Police Precinct is located. She mentioned that the police are usually present if there are substance control problems.
She said that she rarely sees police “around here investigating unless they see someone smoking weed or drinking—then they’re available.”