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Gunman shoots assailant dead inside Brooklyn Target store after being chased and threatened by six gang members: cops

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 4 days ago By Wes Parnell , John Annese and Graham Rayman, New York Daily News

Nov. 08--A gunman shot an assailant dead inside a Brooklyn Target store after being chased and threatened at knifepoint by six gang members, cops said Thursday.

The mayhem began when the six men, all affiliated with the Bloods, confronted the shooter outside the City Point shopping center in Downtown Brooklyn around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to cops.

The shooter dashed into Target on the shopping center's second floor with the group following him, surveillance video obtained by cops shows.

At the store's entrance, security guards tried to intervene but the group threatened them and they backed off, police said. The group surrounded and argued with the shooter, with one of them pulling out a large knife.

The shooter pulled a gun, warned them to leave him alone, and walked away.

Carlton Spencer, 25, jumped at the shooter, who fired one shot, hitting Spencer in the chest, video viewed by cops shows.

As Spencer, who had a 6-month old daughter named Aurora, lay dying, the shooter ran out of the mall with the enraged group of now five pursuing him.

The gang caught the shooter and started beating him.

Cops arrived and arrested the shooter along with the group of five who were beating him. A gun was recovered.

Medics took Spencer to Brooklyn Hospital but he couldn't be saved.

In 2005, Spencer was diagnosed with lymphoma and hospitalized for seven months, his family said. The cancer went into remission the next year.

"He never let it get him down, he was very smart and outspoken," said sister Fiona Riley, 27.

"This is like a dream you don't want to have, you just can't come to terms with," she said of his death. "I can't grip the fact that I'm never going to be able to speak to him again."

The family had been in the midst of planning for Thanksgiving. "This is going to be one holiday season without my son," said mother Loorna Spencer.

According to relatives, Spencer never missed a holiday or birthday and was always around helping to cook and clean. He dabbled in music, rap and stand-up comedy

"I'm angry with all this senseless killing, all of this gun killing, all of this taking peoples lives," his mom said. "He had a bright future ahead of him and then somebody so cowardly had to take that away from him."

Spencer had just been arrested Tuesday for a gang-related robbery, police sources said. His family knew about the arrest but said they did not know him to have any gang affiliation.

"He was a role model, a lot of his friends followed the things that he did and he set an example of what it looks like to do the right thing," said brother Cordero Spencer, 32. "He was passionate about music and life. We miss him. It's a void that can't be filled."

"Violence is the cancer of the community," he added. "We should be moving forward trying to make a better place for kids growing up."

Charges against the alleged shooter and the men who attacked him were pending.

"Our security team immediately called law enforcement, who responded within seconds, and focused on keeping our guests and team members safe. Once the NYPD were on site, our security team worked on evacuating the store," Target said in a statement Thursday.

"We've provided the NYPD with security footage to help with their investigation and will continue to keep the store closed today at their request. We'll reopen the store as soon as we safely can. Target appreciates the quick response of the NYPD and we send our deepest condolences to the victim and his family."

The store, which closes at midnight, takes up the second floor of the City Point complex, which also houses the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Katz's and Century 21. The massive development, completed in 2015, also includes two residential towers.

* Shootings

* New York City Police Department

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