2011-06-24 / Top Stories

Local Killed In Brooklyn Shootout

Two Rockaway Shootings Mar Father’s Day
By Howard Schwach

The shooting scene where McRae was shot and killed. The shooting scene where McRae was shot and killed. A Far Rockaway father was killed in a hail of bullets on Father’s Day – the second young dad slain over a Father’s Day weekend marked by a shocking surge of gun violence.

Anthony McRae, 22, the hardworking father of a 2-year-old son, was shot six times early Sunday in front of a Rockaway Avenue deli during a tragic visit to the Brownsville neighborhood where he grew up.

“It’s Father’s Day! I don’t understand! It’s Father’s Day,” McRae’s grandmother wailed afterward as tears streamed down her face.

It was one of at least a dozen incidents of gun violence gripping the city Sunday. Overall, there were no fewer than 19 shootings citywide over the weekend – including two in Rockaway., both of which are being investigated by local precinct detectives as well as detectives from Queens South detectives.

McRae was a Far Rockaway resident who went back to Brooklyn for Father’s Day. McRae was a Far Rockaway resident who went back to Brooklyn for Father’s Day. At 2:14 on Sunday morning, police say, several shots were fired near the beachfront and 133 Beach 120 Street, littering the street and beach with shells and leaving several automobiles with bullet holes.

Then, about an hour later, at Beach 59 Street, several shots were fired, but it is unclear whether or not anybody was hit by the gunfire.

The grim final tally citywide for the Father’s Day Weekend was three killed and 28 wounded.

No one has been arrested in the McRae shooting.

McRae was shot five times in the back and once in the leg about 4:45 a.m., police said. There were no arrests, and police did not reveal a motive Sunday.

The Daily News reported on Monday that, as McRae’s body lay on the Brownsville sidewalk, covered by a white sheet, his mother wept nearby for her only child. “She’s not holding up,” McRae’s grandmother said. She said he worked two jobs to support his son, Carter. “He was hardworking,” she said, refusing to provide her name. “He worked to take care of his son.”

McRae’s grandmother told The News that the weekend spate of firearmborne madness shows the time has come for a reckoning within the community.

“I hope this is a message for all the parents, all the grandmothers, all the aunts, all the uncles,” she railed. “I hope they see this and say, ‘Wait a minute – We need to do something about this now! Now!’ “

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