Five shot during dice game in second Brooklyn mass shooting this week

Four men were shot at 430 Sutter Avenue.
Detectives investigate the scene on Mother Gaston Boulevard in Brownsville, Brooklyn after five men were shot during a dice game on Aug. 17, 2021.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Cops are looking for the gunman who shot five people playing dice outside a Brooklyn bodega on Tuesday night — the second mass shooting in the borough this week.

None of the victims in the latest shooting suffered life-threatening injuries, law enforcement sources said.

Police reported that the gunfire erupted at about 10:10 p.m. on Aug. 17 in the area of 420 Mother Gaston Blvd. in Brownsville.

According to law enforcement sources, the five male victims were engaged in a dice game at the location when the shooter pulled up inside a four-door black sedan.

Authorities said the suspect exited from the rear of the vehicle and then began firing at the dice players. It’s not clear, at this point, whom the gunman targeted, or the reasons behind the shooting.

Following the gunfire, the perpetrator fled southbound on Mother Gaston Boulevard, police reported.

Officers from the 73rd Precinct probe for clues in a shooting in Brownsville, Brooklyn that left five men injured on Aug. 17, 2021.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Officers from the 73rd Precinct arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and encountered five wounded victims: a 26-year-old man shot in the buttocks; a 21-year-old man hit in the left ankle; a 22-year-old man struck in the back and right foot; a 28-year-old man shot in the lower back; and a 29-year-old man grazed in the buttocks.

Aside from the grazed victim, who refused medical attention at the scene, the injured men were rushed to Brookdale University and Kings County Hospitals for treatment. None of their injuries appear life-threatening, police said.

So far, no arrests have been made in the case, police reported.

The shooting happened as Brooklyn detectives continue to hunt for the gunmen who shot and wounded eight people outside the Roosevelt Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant early on Aug. 16. In that mass shooting, the two suspects fired at individuals among a group of between 100 and 150 people who were listening to music at the location.

Anyone with information regarding either shooting can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.