NYPD rookie kills unarmed man in Brooklyn A rookie cop fatally shot an unarmed man inside a Brooklyn housing project late Thursday, authorities said. The cop and his partner, also a rookie, were descending from a dimly lit eighth-floor stairwell at the Pink Houses at 2724 Linden Blvd. about 11:15 p.m. The 28-year-old victim, Akai Gurley, entered from the seventh floor with his girlfriend, startling the cops, police sources said. The cop fired one shot into Gurley’s chest. He stumbled down to the fifth floor, where he collapsed, sources said. The girlfriend, Melissa Butler, 26, is distraught, her mother said. “She keeps crying,” said Naomi Butler. “She’s very upset, she saw everything. Police shot him and we don’t know why. He doesn’t carry any firearms. He was just going back home, they were taking the stairs. He’s a nice man. He’s been together with my daughter for four years. He has one daughter as far as I know.” An NYPD spokesman said there was no indication a weapon was recovered from the scene. A neighbor on the eighth floor, Angela Tucker, said a light in that section of the stairwell has been out for three weeks and “with that door closed, you can’t even see in the staircase.” Gurley was rushed to Brookdale Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival, authorities said.