BROOKLYN, NY- Another day, another heartbreaking story in Bill de Blasio’s New York. In a particularly upsetting incident in Brooklyn, a 9-year-old girl whose mother and two half-sisters were fatally shot by her father as she hid in a closet managed to call 911 to report the crime to police.
The New York Post said she told the operator, “Daddy was coming over for my birthday—and he shot people.”
NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig told reporters the “heartbreaking” call was placed to police in the midst of the gruesome crime that occurred during the little girl’s birthday party in Brownsville Monday night.
“She was just calling 911, you know, if you can imagine, it’s horrific, the 911, saying, ‘Daddy was coming over for my birthday and he shot people,’” Essig said speaking of the young girl.
“And she was weeping and crying [that she] ‘didn’t have presents.’ It was heartbreaking to hear that. We found her hidden in a closet,” the chief said.
Law enforcement officials say the girl’s father, Joseph McCrimons, 46, shot and killed her mother, 45-year-old Rasheeda Barzey, and Barzey’s two other daughters, Chloe Spears, 16, and Solei Spears, 20.
McCrimons, who was not the father of the two older children then shot himself in the head, killing himself.
According to Barzey’s former brother-in-law Hasley Derosena, the child is “definitely messed up,” now without either of her parents in her life.
“Today is her birthday,” he said of the child.
Fox News reported that according to a resident in the apartment below Barzey and her children at the Van Dyke Houses on Sutter Ave in Brooklyn, they told the Post that when Barzey and McCrimons fought, “it was really bad.”
The neighbor continued, “[But] last night there were no words, no argument. Just ‘pop, pop, and after the first pop, she started wailing. Then there was three more, and then there was silence.
“I thought, ‘Should I call 911? But ‘no, you’re not sure what it was.’ Five seconds later, the sirens were coming.
“I’m just so thankful that baby…was in the closet.”
The Post continued that McCrimons and Barzey’s relationship had been “very rocky” for years, relatives told investigators—although the incidents hadn’t risen to the level where police needed to intervene,” Essig said.
Essig said there were “no prior domestics” involving the couple.
The downstairs neighbor related that she had called police to the address in the past, namely several years ago, after she heard the woman upstairs shout, “Help me!” The neighbor said the results of that call weren’t clear, however noted officers checked around the building at that time.
Derosena said the relationship between McCrimons and Barzey had caused a rift in the relationship between he and Barzey.
“I wasn’t supportive of the relationship, and I always told her I didn’t like it. Because of that, she stopped talking to me,” he said.
In speaking of McCrimons, Derosena said he “always seemed a bit off.”
“He had a temper. He was not an abusive person. He had a mental illness. He was hospitalized before. He tried to kill himself but nothing like this.”
Still, Derosena was angry about the death of his sister-in-law and her two daughters.
“If he wanted to kill himself fine, but why the girls? I didn’t know he had a gun, but I knew he was capable of getting a hold of one.
“I knew he would be capable of doing something like this to a guy, but not to the girls, Derosena said, while referring to Barzey as “a good mom—very caring.”
Records show that McCrimons was previously convicted of manslaughter in Nassau County on Long Island.
At the age of 18, he shot a local sanitation worker to death on Halloween night, 1993. He was apparently annoyed that the victim had broken up a fight that he was watching. McCrimons served a whole few years in prison for the killing.
The neighbor related that the Barzey household was usually pretty peaceful, until McCrimons showed up.
“The fights weren’t daily…arguing back and forth, banging, and then it’s over,” she said. “I would hear banging on the wall, her screaming and him yelling at her.
“It was a cumulative thing that happened…this was the first time I heard them in a long time.”
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New York City has been the poster child (along with Portland, Oregon) for out of control crime. We recently reported that 90% of those arrested in the city for gun crime are back on the street sometimes in hours. For more on that, we invite you to:
NEW YORK CITY, NY – NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea shared a concerning revelation recently when speaking about gun crimes, and more specifically gun related arrests and what transpires after suspects are taken into custody.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 2, 2021
From what the NYPD’s top cop says, roughly 9 out of 10 gun-related arrestees wind up walking out of jail due to various circumstances.
During a recent appearance on Pix 11 on February 2nd, NYPD Commissioner Shea spoke about six recent shootings that transpired in New York City just one day prior to his news appearance:
“What are we talking about the past 24 hours, a blizzard in New York City? Would you be surprised if I told you…New York City, yesterday, during a blizzard, we had six separate shooting incidents where people were hit? It’s astounding.”
This blizzard in question brought to the tune of about 17 inches of snow – and yet six people still wound up getting shot in New York City that day.
It’s far from a promising first-month-in for 2021, considering that New York City endured a testing year with 2020 as it relates to gun violence and murder.
While everyone was quick to defund the police and blame cops, statistically speaking, some of the blame might lie with Democratic Mayors.https://t.co/7RWnJq6jny
— LawEnforcementToday (@LawEnforceToday) January 2, 2021
But perhaps the most troubling of comments delivered by Commissioner Shea was the reality of what happens to suspects after they are arrested – namely, a large margin of gun arrestees being released from jail:
“What we’re seeing is a revolving door, or maybe you can just say an open door, where 90 percent roughly of the people that we’ve arrested for guns are out on the street, whether they’re awaiting a disposition of their court case or they’re not prosecuted.”
“And that is a real obstacle that we continue to have to face.”
Many are likely already aware of some of the contributing factors to these pre-trial releases – things like bail reform, pushes to have jail populations reduced due to the pandemic, and the courts generally just being backlogged due to the pandemic as well.
Even though gun arrests are actually up, according to Commissioner Shea, the impact is seemingly minimal because of a lack of “real follow-through”, as the police commissioner put it:
“Let’s be very clear here. We’re making more gun arrests than we ever have. But we can continue to make those gun arrests, and until we have real discussions and real follow-through on consequences, we’re going to have a tough road.”
While the police commissioner believes that a return to “normalcy” with regard to the courts properly functioning will at least slightly alleviate issues related to gun arrestees having this “revolving door”, he is also aware that what he called the “normal state of affairs” is seriously flawed:
“I think that things will get better when we have a normalcy return.”
“But I also am very concerned about even when the courts go back to normal, the normal state of affairs is not good…We still have a system here right now that is not worried enough about the victims of crime and is a little out of balance.”
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