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A top legal aide for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in critical condition after he was shot in the head early Monday morning.

According to the New York Times, Carey Gabay, 43, was standing on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn enjoying pre-West Indian Day parade festivities with his brother around 3:41 a.m. when gunfire erupted, possibly between rival gangs. He was immediately rushed to Kings County Hospital Center where he underwent surgery and remains in critical condition. Police say that Gabay was not the intended target.

Shortly after the shooting, Governor Cuomo issued a statement acknowledging the tragedy.

“Early this morning, Carey Gabay – a member‎ of our administration – was shot in Brooklyn. Carey is now in critical condition at Kings County Hospital. Carey is First Deputy General Counsel at Empire State Development and was formerly an Assistant Counsel to the Governor.

“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. 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.

“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.”

We send our prayers to the Gabay family during this difficult time.

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