'We need to stick together:' Residents say Brownsville shooting won't dampen community spirit

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Police say the Brownsville shooting that left one person dead and 11 other injured could be gang-related.

Authorities say one gun was recovered from the scene, but that they believe two weapons were involved.

Brownsville resident Jason Pagan, 38, was killed. The injured victims range from 21 to 55 years old. Seven of the victims are men, and five are women.

Residents say they won't let this crime dampen the spirit of the community.

"We need to stick together in our community," said Bishop Willie Billops. "We love each other, Brownsville, let's do the right thing."

Community members created the Brownsville Rapid Response Coalition Sunday in response to the shooting. It is made up of nonprofits, such as Man Up and Elite Learners Inc. Officials plan to offer counseling services. Safe Horizon is also offering a hotline for anyone dealing with trauma from the shooting.

The NYPD is urging anyone with information to contact them.

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