New York Father Shot Dead After Taking Stolen Baseball Cap for his Son from Bullies

(COURTESY FAMILY) Gerald Cummings was fatally shot in the head for snatching back his teenage son’s stolen Oakland Raiders baseball cap, cops said.
(COURTESY FAMILY)
Gerald Cummings was fatally shot in the head for snatching back his teenage son’s stolen Oakland Raiders baseball cap, cops said.

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.

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Source: New York Daily News | ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, KERRY BURKE, THOMAS TRACY