Crown Heights residents march in the streets after a deadly police involved shooting.

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Angry Crown Heights Residents March On Precinct After Deadly Police Shooting

April 06, 2018 - 7:43 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A rally over a police shooting was held in Crown Heights on Thursday night.

The community was saddened, but clearly angry.

Hundreds flooded the streets a day after Saheed Vassell was shot by police. Cops said they believed he had a gun, but it turned out to be a metal object.

One young woman said something has to change.

"These shootings are happening far too often in shootings across the country," she said.

Before they marched to the 71st policed precinct, Vassell's mother addressed the crowd.

"Saheed came from a good family, and they had no right to shoot him down," she said.

Images of the 34-year-old Vassell before he was shot show him thrusting a metal object into the faces of several people including a woman holding a child's hand.

The final snippet of the video shows him raising the gun-shaped piped in a two-handed shooting stance.

Mayor Bill de Blasio did not blame cops. He said they had no information that the person they were confronting was mentally ill.

The NYPD said its officers had a legitimate reason to believe they needed to move swiftly to stop a deadly threat.

New York's Attorney General is investigating.