A Brooklyn dad stood up for his son — and was killed over a baseball cap.
The deadly chain of events began Saturday when Gerald Sealey, 17, was playing basketball outside Public School 6 in Flatbush. Three teens approached Sealey at the Snyder Ave. courts and one of them snatched an Oakland Raiders cap from Sealey’s head, police sources said.
The stylish Don C lambskin cap with a snakeskin bill sells on eBay for up to $200, and elsewhere online for more than $400. Police said the trio roughed Sealey up and also tried to steal his cellphone.
Sealey was playing basketball Wednesday at the same courts when he saw the 16-year-old robber — sporting his cherished cap — with two other teens about 10:15 p.m., police sources said.
Sealey called his father, Gerald Cummings, 38, who came to the basketball court and snatched the hat off the 16-year-old bully’s head, sources said. The humiliated crook followed Cummings and his son off the court, trying to take the cap back when one of his friends pulled a gun from his backpack and started blasting, sources said.
Cummings was fatally shot in the head in front of his son, police said.
“He did what any father would do and that’s stand up for his children,” said Earl Saunders, 34, Cummings’ longtime friend and co-worker at a blood testing lab. “All he did was confront the kids that beat up his son — and lost his life in the process of defending his child.”
Cummings was hit in the back, back of the head, and right temple, sources said. His son wasn’t hurt.
The dad — who also leaves behind an 11-year-old son — was rushed to Kings County Hospital but could not be saved.
“He was a caring, hardworking man,” said Cummings’ nephew, Jahquel Davis. “I don’t know what to say.”
Police had investigated 201 homicides this year through Wednesday, five fewer than the 206 reported during the same time period last year. That’s a drop of about 2.5%. Police said that 544 shootings have been reported this year, 129 fewer than the 673 reported at this time last year. That’s a dip of about 24%.
Investigators have identified the teen robber and have a street name for the gunman but have not been able to find either suspect, police sources said.
Sealey returned to his apartment building Thursday evening surrounded by family.
When asked if he had anything to say about his father, he shouted, “No! No! No!”
Inside the apartment, Cummings’ distraught wife could be heard crying.
“We’re all grieving,” Saunders said.