On Monday, Joe Stepinski (45) was shot and critically wounded by a former NYPD officer Gene Barrett (51) when a conflict turned fierce around 2:30 pm on Green Point Avenue, Brooklyn. He is admitted in Bellevue Hospital and is in life support after taking a shot to his head. Gene Barrett got retired in 2002 and currently on disability pension.
Melissa Rotundo (Stepinski’s girlfriend) is said to be the landlord of the building where the victim and the former police officer both lives in. After shooting Barrett ran inside the building, later police locked and surrounded the building with snipers. Officers went to the roof top while one officer was trying to convince Barrett to surrender. After an hour when Barrett surrendered voluntarily, police officers recovered 2 guns from the crime scene and Barrett was arrested. The motive is still unknown for the shooting.
According to neighbors, Barrett has an unusual sense of humor, has anger issues and was creating problems for last few weeks.