New York Daily News

What’s ‘mass shooting’?

Pol calls for new definition after B’klyn gun horror last week


Lawmakers in New York trying to draw more resources into communitie­s plagued by gun violence want to change the definition of “mass shooting” for the state.

The classifica­tion push comes on the heels of a Brooklyn shooting last week that left one person dead and three wounded inside an apartment building known in the neighborho­od for illicit activity.

“The country’s obsession with guns and the government’s failure to put gun control laws and real resources in place have created a public health crisis,” said Assemblywo­man Monique Chandler-Waterman (D-Brooklyn), who represents the East Flatbush neighborho­od where Emmanuel Soray was killed inside an E. 45th Street apartment.

“We can’t change what happened last week, but we have to impact what happens tomorrow by addressing the gun violence trend today.”

Soray, 39, was shot in the face and three other victims were wounded Saturday afternoon when a gunman started shooting inside the building near Snyder Avenue shortly before 2 p.m. Soray was pronounced dead on arrival at Kings County Hospital.

A 27-year-old woman was treated at the same hospital after taking a bullet to the torso, and a third victim, a 40-year-old man, was shot in the leg.

A fourth victim emerged hours after the shooting when she sought treatment at a hospital in Elizabeth, N.J., for wounds to her arm and her buttocks, said police. There had been no arrests. Chandler-Waterman (photo) said Soray was a father of five.

“He was a school bus driver who came from a big loving family and loved his Haitian food,” she said. Emmanuel could have been your son, your uncle, your brother or neighbor.”

Under a bill Chandler-Waterman is proposing in the state

Assembly, a mass shooting would be defined as any gun violence that resulted in the death — or injury — of at least four people. Declaring such violence as a mass shooting would allow communitie­s to pursue additional funding resources from the state and federal government­s.

At a media event Friday, Chandler-Waterman was joined by gun control advocates, including Natasha Christophe­r, whose 14-year-old son, Akeal, died in 2012 after being shot in the head on a street in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborho­od.

Christophe­r said she can’t believe she and other parents are still fighting the same battles.

“Not a day goes by without me missing my son,” Christophe­r said. “We are losing more children to gun violence than to automobile accidents. This has got to stop.”

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Cops investigat­e scene of E. Flatbush building where a man was shot dead and three others wounded by a gunman who had not been caught.

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