But even with extra police on the streets and at the Stony Brook T stop, that didn't stop a couple of determined guys possibly associated with whoever shot a man on School Street on July 12 - police told residents tonight they showed up at a neighboring School Street house this past weekend.
Police met with some 100 residents in the Stony Brook/Egleston Square area tonight to talk about the four shootings since June 22 - one fatal.
Police said that in addition to continuing to investigate the School Street shooting, they are now looking into what the men who showed up at the neighboring house were up to - they added residents of the house were not particularly cooperative.
Although police said they do not have suspects yet for three of the four shootings, they did say they know the shootings were not random - all the victims were targeted. Last week, Transit Police announced a suspect for a shooting outside the Stony Brook station on July 7.
Police said violence sometimes runs in streaks like that. Capt. Alfredo Andres of District E-13 said that even with the shootings, major crime in the district is still down 16% this year over last year and that JP remains one of the safest neighborhoods in the city.
Andres said BPD has assigned more police to patrol duty in the area. Transit Police say they now have more officers patrolling the station as well, including a canine unit.
Residents said they were not necessarily reassured that the shootings weren't random and wondered if it's only a matter of time before some of the bullets flying about - the Stony Brook gunman may have fired eight times - hit a resident.
One 18-year resident of School Street said the same night of the shooting, a rock came flying through her window. She said she and seven other people were just coming home from dinner when the shooting started.
"It's like bam, bam, bam, bam," she said. Pointing to the shooting near her house and the other incidents, she said she's never seen such violence concentrated in the area around her house in her 18 years there.
In other crime, Andres responded to a resident concerned about an uptick in the number of people seemingly out cold in the 300 block of Centre Street by saying that the area is seeing more heroin abuse.