Court gets grim Gabay slay de­tails

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY CHRISTINA CARREGA

IN THE EARLY morn­ing hours be­fore the 2015 West In­dian Amer­i­can Day Pa­rade be­gan, ri­val gangs turned a Brook­lyn av­enue into a war zone.

A two-year-old beef be­tween the bat­tling street crews erupted in gun­fire that led to the fa­tal shoot­ing of Har­vard-ed­u­ated aide to Gov. Cuomo, Carey Gabay, an in­no­cent by­stander.

For the first time since the Sept. 7, 2015, shoot­ing, a Folk Na­tion gang turn­coat Tyshawn Craw­ford, 23, took the wit­ness stand for the pros­e­cu­tion on Thurs­day to tell the story of how a feud started for a for­got­ten rea­son ended in the sense­less death of a promis­ing young man.

Hun­dreds of rev­el­ers like Gabay were en­joy­ing the predawn J’Ou­vert cel­e­bra­tion prior to the pa­rade when gang mem­ber Stan­ley Elianor alerted Craw­ford that their enemies were nearby.

“The ops (en­emy) is right there. It’s about to be lit,” said Craw­ford dur­ing his tes­ti­mony in Brook­lyn Supreme Court.

Craw­ford, who bragged of shoot­ing at more than 50 peo­ple in his gang ca­reer, copped a plea deal with pros­e­cu­tors al­low­ing him to tes­tify against ac­cused fel­low gang mem­bers in ex­change for 14 years in prison for his con­nec­tion to the slay­ing of Gabay (photo).

He’ll tes­tify against Elianor, Keith Lun­cheon, Micah Al­leyne and Kenny Bazile who are on trial be­fore two sep­a­rate ju­ries.

Craw­ford told the panel that the Crips and Folk Na­tion gangs got along until an un­known prob­lem arose and the re­la­tion­ship “cracked” in 2013.

In the early hours be­fore the pa­rade, Craw­ford said the ten­sion was build­ing on the cor­ner of Bed­ford Ave. and Sullivan St. in Crown Heights until shots rang out.

“I seen the shots com­ing, I see the flash, I hear the gun­shots, my ears were ring­ing,” Craw­ford said.

In­no­cent by­standers like Gabay ducked for cover as bul­lets flew in ev­ery direc­tion.

Craw­ford said Elianor was on a pa­tio in the Eb­bets Field build­ing fir­ing a “big­ger gun.”

Elianor’s DNA was found on a Mac-10 ma­chine gun dis­cov­ered at the scene.

Dur­ing the fray, 41-year-old Gabay was mor­tally wounded.

Craw­ford and the shoot­ers fled the scene, but each were tracked down and busted over the next year.

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