Shots were fired overnight in Crown Heights, Brooklyn during a J’Ouvert celebration, Caribbean holiday, sending five people to the hospital, including a 6-year-old boy and his mother.
The incident took place near the intersection of Crown Street and Nostrand Avenue when shots were fired into a crowd that was gathered as a small party in front of a house. It was a short distance from the J’ouvert celebrations, a celebration that was supposed to be virtual but hundreds still took to the streets overnight.
A mother and child were exiting a cab near their home shortly before 3 a.m. Monday when the shots were fired. The young boy was shot in the leg and rushed to the hospital by emergency medical workers. The mother, a 47-year-old woman was also shot. The boy is expected to recover from the gun wound. Other victims were also taken to Kings County Hospitals for injuries, but none of them life-threatening. The others who were shot include a 40-year-old man and two men ages 45 and 34.
The attack was gang-related, but neither a motive nor the target for the shooting are known at this time. Two men were arrested and are being questioned, but the investigation remains in its early stages. Officers recovered two guns from the scene.
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“That fact is, in our city, a 6-year-old, a 10-year-old, a 100-year-old shouldn’t be shot, period,” a Crown Heights resident, Sam Stern, said.
NYPD’s Chief of Department, Terence Monahan, also tweeted about the incident. “At tonight’s senseless shooting in Brooklyn where five people were shot, officers also arrested two men — and recovered two guns. The investigation is in its early stages and is ongoing,” he wrote. Monahan included the NYPD tip hotline for anyone with information regarding the incident.
Shootings have been on the rise in New York City since the death of George Floyd. This is gang activity related to turf battles, defunding the police, and narcotics, supported and endorsed by the radical left.
Mayor Bill de Blasio had reiterated that the J’Ouvert celebration would not be permitted this year. They had set the police to patrol the area near Eastern Parkway to make sure people did not gather for the West Indian culture, with participants spending months creating costumes to parade through the area. Many still did, despite the prohibition.
The celebration was only six blocks away from the 10,000 person strong protest for black trans lives that took place on June 15 outside of the shuttered Brooklyn Museum. This gathering, on the other hand, was not broken up by police nor was it prohibited by the mayor or city officials.
Numbers over the holiday weekend alone show there were 17 shootings with 17 victims, including three fatalities. Is this still something the left really wants to endorse when our kids are getting shot?