BROOKLYN (WPIX)—Marylyn Gabourel stood patiently next to her Range Rover SUV Monday hoping police officers could find what an armed thug tried to violently steal from her husband late this morning.
A few minutes later they found it. Francis Gabourel's gold crucifix.
Gabourel says Francis a minister and elder at a nearby church here in Bed-Stuy, went outside to move his truck at around 11 o'clock Monday because of alternate side of the street parking rules.
Police say when he got the corner at Throop Avenue, a suspect approached the vehicle and tried to snatch the chain off his neck, and his wristwatch.
Gabrourel was shot twice in the wrist and arm during the struggle, which left blood all over the interior of the truck and a bullet hole in the roof.
"These people are crazy. The young people are just taking opportunities. Somebody said he appeared out of nowhere. Out of nowhere - and grabbed for the chain. Somebody saw them tussling, they were fighting' tussling, because he was trying to get the chain," Gabrouel said.
Girlene Johnson who's seen it all from her tidy home says what happened to Minister Gabourel is absolutely out of character for this typically quiet block.
"It's horrible. It really frightened me. Because I've been here for 50 years and it's very frightening," Johnson told PIX11 News.
As for Minister Gabourel, he is expected to pull through and recover from his two gunshot wounds at Kings County Hospital. The armed suspect is still on the loose.