Shooting in Brooklyn J’ouvert Festival Leaves Multiple Injured
A six-year-old boy along with five more people was injured following a massive shooting in Brooklyn J’ouvert festival early Monday morning in the early hours of Labor Day, according to police and witnesses.
The shooting first started at about 3 a.m. at the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Crown Street in Crown Heights, near an unauthorized party celebrating J’Ouvert. About 300 people had gathered for a pre-dawn West Indian Day celebration in the area of the shooting.
Joshua Kristal, who witnessed the shooting as she was marching with the procession, announced. “It was really crazy — everyone was in shock,” said.
Although the official J’Ouvert and the West Indian Day events have been canceled because of the US coronavirus outbreak, revelers decided to gather to celebrate the festival in the early hours anyway.
Victims of the shooting in Brooklyn J’ouvert Festival
All five victims including three adult men, a woman, and her 6-year-old son were expected to survive, according to the police’s report.
“The boy, his mom was carrying him. You could see there was blood in his pants,” Kristal added. “She dropped him, I didn’t know what to do, then I saw tons of blood.”
Based on what Kristal explained, a woman was also struck in the foot, who then sprung into action and applied pressure to her wound before emergency responders arrived on the scene.
“A woman was walking around saying, ‘I’m shot in the foot, I’m shot in the foot.’ I was holding her foot. I was wondering where all this blood was coming from. It was really crazy,” he said.
A video from the scene shows the moment EMS transport the young boy to an ambulance after the shooting.
Nevertheless, the police could not confirm if the shooting in the Brooklyn J’ouvert festival was related to J’Ouvert or the nearby celebration.
Two people, each carrying a gun, were arrested at the scene, according to police sources. It was not clear if either was the gunman.
NYPD’s chief of department reacted to the “senseless violence.”