One man is dead and another was wounded in a burst of gunfire outside the Red Hook Houses on Sunday — the fifth killing at the troubled city housing development since June.
An armed trio approached the two victims on Centre Mall about 5:30 p.m. and opened fire, police said. Felton Durant, 23, was hit multiple times and died of his wounds; the second victim, 28, was grazed in the arm, authorities said.
The three suspects then scattered, cops said.
A 12-year-old girl and her mother who live in the neighborhood said the sudden violence didn’t come as a shock.
“I’m not surprised, but it’s sad,” the youngster said.
Her mom added, “People die everyday, but they shouldn’t die like this.”
The shooting comes during a violent 10-month stretch at the Red Hook Houses.
On June 1, 2020, 29-year-old David Gorham shot Elvin Fernandez, 27, in the head outside the housing development. Fernandez died more than three weeks later. Gorham was indicted on murder and other charges.
Months later, on Dec. 14, a gunman fatally shot 22-year-old Conrad Waterton in the face outside a building in the complex. Waterton, who was paroled from state prison two months earlier, was preparing for the birth of his child and was supposed to start a new job with FedEx, his family told the Daily News.
Then, on Dec. 27, 48-year-old James Bradley was stabbed to death as he battled with an ice pick-wielding acquaintance in his Red Hook West Houses apartment, police said.
The Red Hook Houses saw another fatal shooting Feb. 12, when John Lawton, 28, was fatally shot outside one of the complex’s buildings on Columbia St. He had two guns on him when he died, a law enforcement source said.
Killings at New York City Housing Authority developments have doubled so far this year, far outstripping the pace of murders in the rest of the city.
As of April 18, 29 of the city’s 106 murders took place in public housing developments, compared with 14 of the city’s 100 murders in the same time frame last year.