Officers responding to ‘shots fired’ incident and searching for man believed to be driving a red Ford Focus found the man in front of a building
Investigators have identified the man found shot dead outside a Brampton apartment building on Wednesday night as 31-year-old Deon Lewis.
Officers responding to a “shots fired” incident and searching for a man believed to be driving a red Ford Focus found the man in front of a building just after 9pm. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police have now identified the victim as Deon Lewis. A postmortem examination will be carried out to try to establish a cause of death.
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It is believed the death is not being treated as a homicide, and a file will be prepared for the coroner.
The victim’s uncle, Adrian Lewis, said his nephew would likely not be with his family on the birth of his first child.
“The world has lost a great guy,” he said. “We need to do something about this violence and I really hope that we make a change. I really feel for my nephew.”
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Just two days earlier, a man was shot and killed after words were exchanged with another man at an Edgewater pizzeria in Queens.
New York police have still not named the man found dead, and the investigation is ongoing.
New York City’s long-running gun violence epidemic reached a new low in 2018, when the city experienced a 12% drop in shootings compared with 2017, according to a new report by the New York City public advocate.
According to the report, gunshot deaths dropped by 51% to 16 last year. The report also found that violent crime in 2018 was significantly lower than in 1995 – the year before the police department was created.
The report was written by Vera Wang, the wife of billionaire designer Calvin Klein, who also earned national attention after her sister was shot in New York’s Central Park in 2018.
She delivered a powerful statement on Twitter after a video of the victim, 16-year-old Akayed Ullah, gave birth to a baby girl as he was hospitalized for his injuries.
Facebook video emerged on Monday of the scene after Ullah set off a small bomb strapped to his body at the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan. The video showed a group of pedestrians dodging the smoke as the bus station emptied out in a major city transit hub.
Klang praised the police and firefighters for pulling the father of two from the bus terminal after he was wounded, and said she hoped his memory would encourage further action.
“The NYPD and FDNY performed CPR and had helped get him to a hospital,” she said. “It was horrifying and reassuring at the same time to know that he got to the hospital to make his baby.”