We will read lots of coverage about the horrific shooting last night in California. But let me call your attention to another shooting last night and the news coverage surrounding it. This one took place a few blocks from where I work in bustling downtown Brooklyn NYC. At a Target store in a downtown shopping center. One dead. The coverage is almost uniform…
This from the NYPost, not known for pulling their punches…
A man was shot and killed inside a Target store at a shopping mall in downtown Brooklyn late Wednesday night, police said.
The 25-year-old, who was not immediately identified, was blasted at least once in the chest inside the Target on the second floor of City Point Mall at about 11:35 p.m., cops said.
He was rushed to Brooklyn Hospital Center and pronounced dead, authorities said.
Police arrested a 27-year-old man at the scene, but it’s unclear if he was the shooter, cops said. Charges against him were pending early Thursday morning.
Story after story all the same. Man shot dead. Target store Brooklyn. One arrested.
But one outlet has a richer, more detailed version of what actually happened …
This from the local NBC affiliate …
A man being chased by a group of men armed with a machete shot and killed another man inside a Brooklyn target minutes before the store was set to close, police say.
The fury unfolded at the store’s location at City Point, a multi-use shopping center on Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn, around 11:30 p.m., when the alleged gunman stormed inside as he was being chased by at least four men he had just gotten into a dispute with, according to the NYPD.
The victim, 25-year-old-year-old Carlton Spencer, tried to approach the shooter from the side when the gunman turned to the would-be attacker and shot him once in the chest, said police, who added the victim was unarmed
The other three men in the group fled the area, but were quickly taken into custody, police said. The shooter was also taken into custody; their names have not yet been released.
Spencer was rushed to an area hospital, but was unable to be saved. Police said he had a criminal history, with his most recent arrest happening just days ago.
Somehow, the shooter being chased off the street and into the store by a group of machete-wielding men failed to make it into the other versions of the story? Nobody, on the cusp of the busy holiday shopping season, wanted to put that detail into the story; I guess. Bad enough it took place four or five blocks from the Barclays Center and the new multi-bazillion dollar Apple Store and luxury apartment development. No need to scare the shoppers with images of machete-armed groups on the street.
Or maybe it’s because Mayor DiBlasio and Governor Cuomo just got done telling us in innumerable ads that this week was about who we are as NYers … our soul and character. And the juxtaposition of armed gangs in the street with the “soul and character of NYers” is uncomfortable. Whatever the reason, important facts were scrubbed from the most versions of the news.
Keep this in mind as you read coverage of other events. They try not to lie outright. They’ll usually tell you things that are true … just not the whole truth.Published in