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Two people dead, two wounded in J’Ouvert parade shootings in Brooklyn

Reproduced from New York Daily News

Detectives comb the site of a shooting along the J'Ouvert parade route at Washington Ave. and Empire Blvd. early Monday. (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/ DANNY IUDICI)

Detectives comb the site of a shooting along the J’Ouvert parade route at Washington Ave. and Empire Blvd. early Monday. (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/ DANNY IUDICI)

At least four people were shot, two fatally, as gunshots erupted at the bustling J’Ouvert celebration in Brooklyn despite NYPD doubling their parade patrols.

The annual West Indian heritage celebration was marred by deadly violence just before 4 a.m. when cops rushed to eastern Prospect Park following reports that four people had been shot in two separate incidents.

A man was shot in the chest, along with two women wounded at Flatbush Ave. and Empire Blvd., while another woman was shot in the head minutes later at Washington Ave. and Empire Blvd., police said.

The male victim and the woman shot at Washington Ave. died, police added.

One person was stabbed at Ocean Ave. and Empire Blvd.

Cops initially outnumbered revelers during a quiet start to the Carnival kick-off that quickly exploded with a cacophonous march in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Crown Heights.

Celebrators packed the anticipated street party tossing paint and powder into the air as more than a thousand NYPD officers watched over the J’Ouvert, an event marred by violence in the past.

Vendors at the Carnival kick-off welcomed the heavy police presence even if it meant sparser crowds — and fewer customers.

“There’s more police in the area and that’s good,” said Fort Greene vendor Gerald (Unk) Covington, who has catered to the nighttime party for the 23 years. “The crowd would be three times the size in previous years.”

 

  • Emile_Mervin

    Celebrating death and injury?

  • Col123

    4 am party revelers!!!..At Eastern Pkwy..it was chaos there trying to get across that Pkwy this morning….and those Bbqgrills were smoking up a storm… Those NYC cops are so useless with traffic control that an ambulance blasting its alarm on its way to the ER had to encounter traffic as the regular commuters did…the cops (several) just stood there at street intersections and made no attempt to address the challenge faced by this ambulance driver… hate to admit that the thought about the cops not giving a darn crossed me…that they could care less about the groups present…