A man was killed at a public housing complex, and another was injured after being attacked outside a high school graduation party, in two separate shootings in Brooklyn Tuesday night, police reported.
The deadly shooting occurred at 9:33 p.m. on June 23 at the Williamsburg Houses, located at 166 Ten Eyck St. in Williamsburg.
Officers from the 90th Precinct and NYPD PSA 3 responded to a 911 call and found the unidentified 30-year-old man unconscious with gunshot wounds to his chest and stomach.
The victim was rushed by EMS to Woodhull Hospital, but could not be saved.
The first shooting occurred at 9:33 p.m. in the Williamsburg Houses, a NYCHA development at 166 Ten Eyck Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Police from the 90th Precinct and PSA 3 found the victim unconscious with bullet wounds to the chest and stomach.
Police say there were few witnesses to this shooting and police were seeking NYCHA video to find a suspect in this case.
The second incident occurred a half-hour later, just past 10 p.m., in front of 1423 East 49th St. in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. Family members and residents were celebrating a high school graduation, balloons adorning a home two houses away.
Officers from the 63rd Precinct found a 31-year-old man sprawled on the ground of a driveway where graduation celebrants were huddled around him trying to comfort him. Firefighters, EMS and Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance found he was shot in the armpit and stomach.
Crews stabilized him and rushed him to Kings County Hospital, where he was said to be in serious, but stable condition.
Police found two spent rounds on the ground just feet from where the victim was shot. Witnesses said the two men became embroiled in a dispute before the shooting occurred, saying the assailant may have crashed the party. Most attendees were mum about what actually occurred however.
“Why do they have to make a nice event into a terrible night?” one party attendee asked.
Few of the attendees would talk to amNY and would not provide the identity of the wounded man, whose family was close by him immediately after the shooting.
Police are troubled by a startling spike in murders and shootings during the first five months of 2020. According to the May crime statistics report, homicides were up 79.1%, and shootings also spiked by 64%.
Officials blame most of the increase on gang related violence that has plagued all boroughs this year – even during the height of the COVID-19 crisis. There were 100 shootings, compared with 61 last year — and 34 homicides in May, compared with only 19 the years before.
Complicating efforts are the continued use of illegal fireworks that renders Shotspotter technology useless in detecting firearm discharges.
Anyone with information in regard to either of these shootings is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.