Even as police worked to crack down on gun violence this Labor Day weekend, 13 people were injured by gunfire in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan between Sunday evening and early Monday morning.
Five people alone — including a 6-year-old boy — were shot and wounded at a Brooklyn party related to an unofficial celebration of J’Ouvert early Monday morning. Meanwhile, a 62-year-old man was shot to death in what’s believed to be a domestic dispute in Brooklyn.
The party shooting happened at about 2:54 a.m. on Sept. 7 in the area of Nostrand Avenue and Montgomery Street in Crown Heights. The 6-year-old boy was struck in the leg, while four adults were injured — a 47-year-old woman hit in the foot, a 40-year-old man also hit in the foot, a 45-year-old struck in the right leg and a 34-year-old man also struck in the leg.
Police were within earshot of the bullets flying and quickly responded. Officers acted fast to stabilize the boy on the ground, his mother wailing in tears as the child screamed in agony.
Two men were taken into custody at the scene, and both were said to have been in possession of guns, police reported.
Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison, who was on the scene this morning, said the shooting may have been “gang-related,” having nothing to do with the revelers.
All the victims were rushed to Kings County Hospital and are expected to survive.
It was the only J’Ouvert-related shooting of the night, as members of the GodSquad and other stop-the-violence groups fanned out throughout the borough to convince people to put down their guns.
Both the official J’Ouvert and West Indian Day celebrations were canceled due to COVID-19 crowd restrictions.
Up until midnight Sept. 6, there had been 17 people shot during the Labor Day weekend, three of those were homicides. There were seven people shot last year in the same time period, police officials revealed.
The violence was squelched somewhat by massive police presence in the West Indian communities in East Flatbush and Crown Heights.
As promised last week, the NYPD saturated the area with police officers standing watched at nearly every corner of Church Avenue and along Eastern Parkway.
Police also shut down two huge unauthorized parties, one on Ditmas Avenue and Rockaway Parkway in East Flatbush in a fenced-in parking lot and another in a parking lot on Flatlands Avenue and East 56th Street in Flatlands, Brooklyn.
Attendees paid an admission to enjoy booze and music, but police shut it down before 11 p.m. Sunday after receiving local complaints of the pay-for-play parties that were illegal and did not comply with active pandemic-related restrictions.
The lone homicide of the evening occurred at 7:34 a.m. where a 62-year-old man was shot in the head and body at 653 74th St. in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Hospital.
Other shootings overnight
Sept. 6, 6 p.m. – Two groups shot at each other at the corner of Glenwood Road and Brooklyn Avenue, two blocks from the 63rd Precinct station house in Flatbush. While nobody was reported shot in the incident, several cars were hit by the fusillade. Detectives were looking for the occupants of a gray Hyundai spotted near the scene at the time of the shooting.
Sept. 6, 11:30 p.m. – A 34-year-old man was shot twice in the shoulder in front of 2645 Briggs Avenue in the Fordham Manor section of the Bronx. Officers from the 52nd Precinct reported that the man was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in stable condition. No word on the description of the assailant.
Sept. 7, 4:10 a.m. – A 31-year-old man was shot in the left thigh in front of 2693 Morris Ave., only blocks from the previous shooting in Fordham Manor. He was also taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in stable condition. No further information is available on this as yet.
Sept. 7, 5:59 a.m. – Three people were shot at a BP Gas Station in a dispute at the pumps at 3936 10th Avenue in Inwood, Manhattan.
A 31-year-old woman was struck in the left leg and a 23-year-old man also struck in the leg; they made it to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital by private car.
Meanwhile, a 29-year-old man struck by a bullet in the shoulder and right leg. He was rushed by EMS to Harlem Hospital and listed in stable condition.
A young teen was also taken to Columbia Presbyterian with an unspecified gunshot wound she received while riding in a car, possibly near this shooting. Her wound is said to be not life-threatening.
It is unclear what sparked the shooting. Police are examining video from the gas station as to who may have pulled the trigger.
Sept. 7, 6:30 a.m. – A man was shot once in the upper left arm in front of 5141 Broadway in Inwood, Manhattan. He showed up at Allen Pavilion Hospital, where he was treated for his wound. Police from the 34th Precinct were investigating this shooting.
Anyone with information in regard to any of these shootings is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.