George Carroll moved from Texas to Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, New York. He was threatened by a neighbor with a box cutter so he moved again, with his wife to the safer neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York.
The suspected murderer, Gary Correa, is 19 years old, with 13 arrests, including those for robbery, burglary, and drug possession.
Carroll was stabbed because he looked at Correa.
Correa and another man chased Carroll and his wife down the street before stabbing him to death.
As last ditch effort to get save his life, George Carroll threw his cell phone at his attackers. It did no good.
One state over, in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese survived an ambush attack by drawing his own concealed weapon and firing back at his attacker. His attacker was then shot by a probation officer.
Two spontaneous attacks. Adjacent states. One man dies, stabbed to death for looking at a career criminal. Another man lives by fending off his attacker with a gun.
Christina Romero Carroll should not have to bury her husband. The city of New York should be disposing of the body of Gary Correa. But the laws of New York cost George Carroll his life, easy on criminals and hard on law abiding citizens.
I don’t know if George Carroll knew how to use a gun, but as a native Texan I’d like to think he did.
The next time some innocent man is chased by two assailants for merely making eye contact, rather than throw a cellphone, he can launch some hot lead their way. Until something drastic changes, New York will continue to be a place where human garbage have a nearly unfettered ability to prey on the law abiding.