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EXCLUSIVE: Gang killing at Brooklyn hookah lounge may have sparked shootout that left Gov. Cuomo aide dead: authorities

Tue, September 29, 2015 9:15 AM | NYGIA (Administrator)

The feds have arrested a reputed Crips gang leader for murdering a rival in a Brooklyn hookah bar last month — a cold-blooded killing that may have triggered a shootout 10 days later that mortally wounded an aide to Gov. Cuomo, the Daily News has learned.

Larry Pagett, a longtime leader of the Eight Trey Crips, allegedly gunned down Chrispine Philip, a reputed member of the Folk Nation gang, inside the Buda Hookah Bar on Aug. 28, finishing him off with a bullet fired into his brain, according to court papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Pagett, 35, then allegedly shot his way out of the Flatbush Ave. lounge bar, hitting numerous people in his path.

“(Pagett) brazenly opened fire in a crowded bar, killing his intended target and wounding five others,” stated Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes.

“In doing so, Pagett displayed a complete and utter disregard for human life and the consequences of his actions.”

Detectives are investigating whether Philip’s murder fueled a wild gun battle between Folk Nation and Eight Trey Crips gang members outside the Ebbets Field Apartments on Sept. 7, sources told The News.

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