Shooting of Brownsville Mother Highlights Gun Violence Problem

10/24/2011 12:20 PM |

Zurana Horton
  • Zurana Horton

A mother of 13 was shot in Brownsville on Friday by a rooftop gunman who fired into a crowd around 2:30 p.m., when children were getting out of school. Zurana Horton, 34, was struck in the chest and face while trying to shield children from gunfire and died at the scene, the AP reports. Two others, including an 11-year-old girl, were wounded. The crime has cast a spotlight on gun violence in central Brooklyn, which continues to plague some communities even while crime in the city remains at historic lows.

A conflict between two gangs, the Hoodstars and the Waves, is believed to have sparked the shooting. The crews “have such a tight grip on the neighborhood that residents are too scared to call 911 and feel that they are in danger every time they step outside,” the Post reports.

On Sunday, 100 Brownsville residents fought back, taking to the streets to protest a culture of silence in the face of violence, the Post reports. “It’s not snitching,” members of the crowd shouted. “It’s saving a life!”

On Saturday, Councilwoman Letitia James encouraged residents to organize an “Occupy Brownsville” protest, the Bed Stuy Patch reports.