Police – NBC New York

A man was fatally shot while inside a Brooklyn Chinese restaurant late Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The incident happened around 4pm at the restaurant in a square near the corner of Stillwell Avenue and W Avenue in Gravesend, police said. The victim, later identified as 22-year-old Rasard Deas, was at the New Food First Cook take-out restaurant when a single shot rang out, hitting him in the chest.

Deas was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said at least one suspect drove away from the scene in a red sedan and was unsure of the motive for the shooting. Neighbors said gunshots are not uncommon in the area that has been plagued by crime.

An investigation is underway.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said earlier today that while the deluge of guns from other states continues to fuel crime, shootings have declined each week – down 30% on last month compared to the same period last year.

“These crime waves are tied to a small number of New Yorkers that we cannot continue to protect,” Adams said Wednesday. “They say our city is a haven for shooters and dangerous people. It must be a haven for innocent New Yorkers.”

The mayor credited increased patrols in the city’s most violent neighborhoods for reducing the number of shootings, as well as increased patrols in subways.

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