- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo aide Carey Gabay died Wednesday
- Gabay was declared brain dead late Tuesday, his family says
- "A callous act" struck a "man in the prime of his life," according to his family
Carey Gabay was taken off a respirator Wednesday, one day after being declared brain dead, a family spokesman said.
"Our family is grieving that a man in the prime of his life who has impacted so many lives could be struck down by such a callous act," the family said after announcing Gabay was brain dead but before he succumbed to his injuries.
Gabay, a 43-year-old lawyer who was appointed first deputy counsel for Empire State Development in January, was enjoying pre-West Indian Day Parade festivities in Brooklyn, New York, with his family on September 7 when someone fired several rounds nearby.
One such "seemingly random bullet" struck him in the head, according to Cuomo.
"No one should have to experience the pain of losing someone they love to random gun violence, and his family is in our thoughts during this incredibly difficult time," Cuomo said.
The New York Police Department distributed a sketch of an unnamed suspect as well as surveillance video that shows two men, armed with guns, running into a building in Brooklyn. As of Wednesday afternoon, there had been no significant breaks in the case.
The governor pushed for national gun-control legislation in the wake of Gabay's shooting, saying, "This weekly ongoing tragedy of loss of life of innocent victims, schoolchildren, young girls, young boys must stop."
Raised in public housing in Bronx, New York, Gabay graduated from Harvard University and joined Cuomo's administration in 2011, first in Albany and most recently in New York City. His latest job was with Empire State Development
, which is New York's chief economic development agency.
"He could've done anything with that education. He chose to be in state service because he wanted to use his skills to help others," Cuomo said earlier this month. "He made a fraction of what he could've earned. Just a beautiful guy."