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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.

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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