New York – Councilman David G. Greenfield is requesting that David Flores receive the maximum sentence allowed under law after being convicted today of illegally possessing a gun used to shoot four Shomrim safety patrol volunteers in Boro Park in 2010.
Flores was charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal use of a fire arm, among other charges but only found guilty of weapon possession.
Councilman Greenfield is now urging the judge presiding over the case to send a clear message that illegal guns will not be tolerated in New York City by handing down the maximum sentence allowed under the law when Flores is sentenced next month.
“It was very upsetting to hear that this individual will not be held fully accountable for his reckless actions, including shooting four volunteer neighborhood patrol members at close range. At the same time, I am relieved that the jury agreed that we cannot tolerate individuals carrying illegal guns around our city. I am calling on the judge overseeing next month’s sentencing to consider the importance of keeping illegal guns off our streets and sentence this individual to the maximum sentence allowed,” said Councilman Greenfield.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is outraged as well.
“It’s beyond comprehension,” said Hikind. “Four unarmed people shot and hospitalized. How was this sick individual not found guilty? How could the DA possible lose this case? Now Flores is out and capable of creating more mayhem? This is our justice system upside down. It’s insane!”
Assemblyman Hikind visited the individuals who were shot while they were hospitalized and praised their efforts in attempting to safeguard the community.
“The Shomrim were protecting our children by trying to prevent this sick animal from doing further harm. What kind of message does ‘not guilty’ send?”
Flores, then 35-years-old, had been identified by the Shomrim on Sept. 4, 2011, as acting indecently in front of young children-but when approached by four Shomrim members, Flores pulled a gun and shot at them. Avrohom Kaztow, Motty Pearl, Motty Brauner and Yoily Klein were injured. Flores claimed self-defense.
Flores had nine prior arrests and had previously plead guilty to public lewdness.