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Cuomo aide ‘critical’ after being hit by random bullet

Caray Gabay, a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, was shot this morning in Brooklyn and is in critical condition at Kings County Hospital.

Gabay is first deputy general counsel for Empire State Development, and was formerly an assistant counsel to the governor. No further details on the shooting have been released.

“Carey is an outstanding public servant who joined our administration in 2011. He is a Harvard-educated lawyer who works for the state because he wants to give back to others and make a difference. He is just 43 years old and is a kind-hearted man,” Cuomo said in a prepared statement.

Downstate media reported that Gabay was shot in the head when gunfire erupted in the pre-dawn hours before the West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn.

“Carey is a friend to all who have the pleasure of meeting him. I ask that New Yorkers join us by keeping him, his wife Trenelle and his family in their prayers at this time,” Cuomo said.

He used the occasion to call for an end to gun violence. “This tragic shooting – this one by another seemingly random bullet – is the latest heartbreaking reminder that the crime of gun violence must stop. Enough young, innocent people have died, and it must stop now.”