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UPDATE: Man Shot and Killed on Throop and Macon Thursday Night

Update: The deceased victim of this incident has been identified as Ivan Giovanettina, former owner of Blu York Cafe.

Update January 11, 11:10 a.m.: The deceased victim of this incident has been identified as Ivan Giovanettina, former owner of Blu York Cafe. Click here to read the story Bed-Stuy Patch ran on him in 2011. Blue York has since closed and reopened in 2012 as Island Salad.

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Police are looking for two male suspects responsible for shooting and killing a man near the corner of Throop Avenue and Macon Street Thursday night.

The shooting took place at approximately 9:30 p.m. When police arrived at the scene, they found the man -- who remains undidentified -- lying on the ground, bleeding with gunshot wounds to his stomach.

One witness to the shooting said she was exiting a corner store when she heard several gunshots. She said she then saw two men running eastbound on Macon Street away from where the victim laid injured, according to police.

A few neighbors who said they were familiar with the victim said they believe he was around 41 years old. The victim had no identification on him.

The victim was taken to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:48 p.m.

Investigators are canvassing the scene for more evidence, and the investigation is ongoing.

Chrissy Payne January 11, 2013 at 05:59 PM
This young man lived and at one time had a restaurant in the neighborhood. He was a sweetheart. Why should he not be able to walk home at 9:30pm to the place were he resides in his neighborhood? This is totally unacceptable. I don't care what one may think he did. It was his life and no one has the right to take it from him. It's not right and instead of passing judgement on him and what you think he may be involved in we need to admit to the fact that whether he was white or black there are a lot of young men in our neighbor who plot and seek to take what is not theirs. I'm a black young woman who grew up in the neighborhood and I'm still uncomfortable walking in my neighborhood. It's saddens me that one thinks he's do what another person worked so hard for.
Pete Myers January 11, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Joe reading your post was a complete waste of time. Fact sunce 2000 the black population in this neighborhood has reduced by 10 percent that means other races have moved in. The fact that you would not consider the idea that the man lived here just speaks to your ignorance. A man has senselessly lost his life , and those savages need to be taken off the streets immediately
VBHouse January 11, 2013 at 06:13 PM
How sad, how sad! The truth is people have no value for life--not for theirs, not for anyone! It doesn't matter the color of ones skin or that you are engaging in unlawful acts - a toddler was shot with his father yesterday--the gunmen didn't even stop to think about that baby! They kill their own "skin color" people walking down the street trying to get home after a hard day of work!
Joe Gonzalez January 11, 2013 at 06:29 PM
@Chrissy, Ms. Morris and Pete: Your respective postings respond to the individual aspect of Ivan's presence in Bed-Stuy. Again, I concur with that portion of your postings that no one deserves to be the victim of violent crime--Ivan included. But none of your postings addressed the blatant & undeniable fact that many outsiders (mostly white folks) become crime victims during the time they enter Bed-Stuy to buy sex and/or drugs. Bed-Stuy crooks lie in wait to get these people during or immediately after their illicit transactions. That is why local cops will ask these "victims" what they were doing in the area when the crime occurred. Most local Bed-Stuy cops are well aware that many if not most "victims" were buying sex and/or drugs when they were attacked. Go ask 79th and 81st Police Precinct cops how many "victims" (1) were doing wrong when they got attacked and (2)how many are non-residents visiting Bed-Stuy for illicit and criminal purposes. An illustration of this is the situs adjacent to Lafayette Gardens (LG) Housing Projects. Many (mostly white) outsiders will visit the parallel corridors of Taffe Place & Kent Avenue between Willoughby Avenue and Dekalb Avenue to purchase sex & drugs from LG's denizens. FACT! Other LG thugs will lie in wait & attack these visitors during or immediately after their illicit transactions. Has anyone forgotten all the robberies, assaults & those four killings in and around that area over the past three years?
BedStuy Resident for 40+ years January 11, 2013 at 07:03 PM
He could have been walking home from the subway @Fulton & Throop. I just happened to be in that area last night having just picked up dinner from Thompkins/Halsey and saw the caravan of police and DT cars zooming by. It could have been ME!!! And I was on my way home from Target. So there!!!
RAW January 11, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I live on the intersection where the crime took place. Absolutely horrible occurrence regardless of the victims ethnicity. Much too close for comfort. Bed-stuy is a melting pot of varying economic, cultural, mental, and civil statuses. Let's hope that Ivan G's death spurs a thug purge in the nieghborhood.
Matthew January 11, 2013 at 08:57 PM
My girlfriend and I were shocked to have read this news, we used to go to Blu York and he was always so nice this is a travesty to the community.
Dhob123@live.com January 11, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Gee wIz, in this day and age 9:30pm is not that late to be walking about. I see people walking home from the Utica station down Stuyvesant late into the evening coming home from work. Our lives are more complex now. Joe, I think you need to be a little more sensitive here.
Brooklyn Bloke January 11, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Damn, this is my block. I met this dude when he first opened bluyork and he seemed to be really cool. RIP
Pete Myers January 11, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Joe no one is trying to discount what you are saying "regarding people coming to the neighborhood to partake in illegal activities and subsequently being targeted by a criminal element ". The point that everyone is trying to make is that regardless of color , creed etc is that what occurred should not happen in any neighborhood much less the one I call home. I can come up with a littany of readons why crime occurs in this neoghborhood however in this moment it does not bring that man who senselessly lost his life or heal the wounds of a family who lost a loved one.
Ragski Bedstuy January 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Joe=clown
Ragski Bedstuy January 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM
R.I.P. iVAN
J.D. Jr January 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM
I have lived in Bed-Stuy since the late -90s, and I walk around the neighborhood all hours of the night. Maybe I need to stop doing that; it's scary out there. I usually walk around and have not had a problem, but one day my luck might run out. I am a black male.
Shevar January 12, 2013 at 12:31 AM
No surprise that some white people are claiming that the Black population is decreasing, thus the neighborhood must be "improving". Anyway, this guy was a homosexual, probably was buying some type of drug and probably talked back to the wrong person. T.V. convinces many whites that they are worshiped by other races. Most of them find out the hard way that other races view them in a negative fashion. By the way most of the Brownstones 80% are owned by the Black residents, we are not going anywhere.
Doug Jones, Realtor, Flateau Realty Corp. January 12, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Ivan was a wonderful human being. He started a business here, employed young people from the community, and really made it his business to be involved in a variety of happenings around the neighborhood. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to those who loved and knew him best. I hope the police and the justice system move swiftly to find and prosecute his murderer(s).
Andy January 12, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Shevar. Wow. This poor guy. And that dad and child yesterday. Just awful. There is no justification for the violence. ....Improvement would be if there was a reduction in the violence, irrespective of the neighborhood's ethnic background. I just want to live in peace and safety, and raise my family.
A January 12, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Wow so much ignorance, racism and assumption. This was a man's life. Regardless of his ethnicity or orientation, no one has the right to decide his life isn't worth living nor do you have the right to tarnish his name by unsupported bigotry. I'm white with a mixed race family trying to live an honest and affordable lifestyle. I didnt move here with the impression that my presence would make this neighborhood better- this is what I could afford at the time. Not myself nor any white people I know here are under the impression that we are worshipped by any other ethnicity. I'm so sick of this damn them vs us mentality. It is 2013- wake up, move forward. It is that ignorant mindset that perpetuates and attempts to justify these horrific crimes. White doesn't equal improvement and if you hear someone say that, they are as ignorant as you come across. Increase in local entrepreneurship, like Ivan's business, contributes to a stronger community. If you're not going to contribute to finding a solution to end this senseless violence, then you're part of the problem.
liza January 12, 2013 at 03:56 AM
I am a white female living two blocks away from where the shooting happened. I am saddened and frightened by it. I am also saddened and frightened by the views expressed by Shevar. I have always felt very humbled to live in this neighborhood, in such a rich black culture, experiencing being a minority for the first time in my life has been an incredible experience for me. It saddens me so much to think that you would feel that my mindset is that of feeling "worshiped" because of the color of my skin. It's baffling. I, in no way, think that a decrease of the black population would be an improvement and I hope that that never happens. What I do hope for, however, is that we ALL (gay, straight, white, black, etc.) CAN LIVE IN PEACE IN A SAFE RESPECTFUL COMMUNITY TOGETHER and not fear for our lives as we walk home from the train at 9:30 at night. We need to raise up as a community around here and find a way to stop this violence.
Thaddeus Russell Jr January 12, 2013 at 04:14 AM
@Joe Gonzalez - Whether YOU want to accept it or not AND it might not be politically correct for me to say so - But I Will: "YOU'RE A GODDAMN IDIOT". You sound like the bigots we would encounter on the opposite side of Brooklyn in the '50's and '60's if my friends or I were seen in THEIR neighborhood. Ivan was a respected member in THIS neighborhood, far more an honor than what your conspiratorial, bigotted, ignorant and evil being deserves ... Ivan, may your soul rest in eternal peace ... And may your family, friends and acquaintances always have a place in their hearts in remembrance of your life ... Our community will always remember you!!!
Thaddeus Russell Jr January 12, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Ditto to Shevar!
Rachel January 12, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Martin Luther King said: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." BedStuy is one of the richest communities in terms of cultural diversity in NYC. I love my neighbors - black, white, gay, straight, rich, poor, American or otherwise. I'm proud to live here. I truly hope we can set aside our differences and pull together as one community to rid ourselves of the few rotten eggs that don't care for human life or our neighborhood as much as the other 99.9% of us do.
foree77 January 12, 2013 at 04:06 PM
you are a horrible person.
Ragski Bedstuy January 12, 2013 at 04:19 PM
well said
Anthony Crump January 12, 2013 at 11:05 PM
The bottom line is that a beautiful person was murdered for no reason at all. Ivan is not some faceless, nameless number or byline. He was a person who touched countless lives in big and small ways. I've known Ivan for years, when he lived Chicago, LA and New York. My heart goes out to his family. He was a big brother to four siblings and a loving and dedicated son and stepson. Remember him for what he was - a talented and compassionate person taken before his time.
H. Sadiki Waithe January 13, 2013 at 08:33 PM
What can we do? What do we do to address this violent surge in our community? That could have been anyone. The fact that this happened less than 50 meters from my home and at a time I am usually walking my dog is very unsettling. How do we protect our children, our families, our community? RIP Ivan.
Ivan's Friend January 16, 2013 at 07:30 AM
PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER ASSUME!!!!!!!!! How can someone talk about someone they don't even know and make up stories and ESPECIALLY THAT HE GOT HIS LIFE TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM. -HEARTLESS- I was friends with Ivan. He was a BEAUTIFUL, SMART, GENEROUS, CARING, LOVING, EXTREMELY TALENTED, HARD WORKING PERSON!! THAT IS THE TRUTH. PLEASE GO TO CHURCH AND ASK FOR GODS HELP. It makes me SICK that people can talk trash about someone they don't even know. AND THAT HAS SUFFERED A HORRIBLE DEATH. .....the only reason I am commenting is because IVAN was an AMAZING FRIEND TO ME..........ALWAYS THERE FOR ME AND EVERYONE AROUND HIM. "IVAN, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE!!!!!! I TRULY DEEPLY MISS YOU, AND STILL CAN'T BELIEVE YOUR GONE. YOU WILL ALWAY BE IN MY HEART. YOU ARE TRULY UNIQUE- TRULY ONE OF A KIND. WE ALL MISS AND LOVE YOU VERY MUCH....ALWAYS AND FOREVER XOXOXOXOOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO."
Erin Bentley January 17, 2013 at 01:36 AM
i am a 20-something girl and lived in that neighborhood for a year, working in the food service industry (keeping late hours). I never would have expected something like this to happen to me, so of course I am shocked. Victim blame is NEVER the answer. Spend the energy it took to write this paragraph reaching out to help, not contributing an editorial on the topic.
Fayiza February 02, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Wow! I didn't know Ivan personally, but met and was cordially greeted by him whenever I went in to his establishment (Blu York). Also didn't know how close he lived to my moms block(Hancock & Throop). I grew up & still live & walk the area all times of day or night. It is disheartening to know despite the gentrification, white presence & increased police presence, incidences like this reminds us Bed-Stuy still has a high population of disenfranchised & unemployed & has a long way to go economic & crime wise(just remember crime is an economic act whether by poor or rich(corporate, political). We all get "jacked" even killed) in some form daily! Still, new arrivals, visitors & even old heads in the community should really stay aware that the home/neighborhood improvements & addition of a few "cute" restaurants & cafes doesn't change the fact this is "the hood".
BRADY February 04, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Not "the hood" it's the "ghetto"
Manuel February 10, 2013 at 04:13 AM
I am a swiss immigrant like Ivan and it sounds like he was a good guy. but i don't think his death deserves any special treatment. i am pretty sure he would have agreed with me on that. people are getting killed way too often in bedstuy, mostly african-americans and they deserve as much attention as a white man. i'm aware that my skin color is a benefit to me and i hate that fact. i dont wish to be privileged, but i am. Please fellow white people in bedstuy, be aware of your privilege and have respect for locals. Usually they are ones suffering from crime. RIP Ivan

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