Shooting at New York Playground Leaves One Person Dead and 11 Injured
Police are reportedly on the lookout for two men who opened fire at the crowd in a Brooklyn neighborhood during the annual Old Timers Event.
The shooting took place on Saturday, when the popular community festival was coming to a close, and resulted in the death of a 38-year-old man, whose name is yet to be revealed.
One person was gravely injured and ten others were lightly wounded, having been released from the hospital by midday on Sunday. So far, police have managed to recover one of the weapons.
ONE OF THE POSSIBLE MOTIVES BEHIND THE ATTACK
New York Police Commissioner James O'Neil described the shooting as "a tragic end to a wonderful weekend," as thousands of people have gathered to take part in the celebrations.
As soon as the gunshots were heard, the crowd started to disperse. The police are currently investigating the case and it is believed that gang activity might have been one of the possible motives.
(Brownsville, Brooklyn) Five Shot in Park — Additional officers and EMS are rushing to Brownsville Playground where at least five victims were shot. Their conditions are unclear. Additional updates here: https://t.co/WqX7tXpC8r #CitizenApp #ProtectTheWorld pic.twitter.com/6mAwWQoo5f— Citizen New York (@CitizenAppNYC) July 28, 2019
Kaseem Collins, a 19-year-old who was at the festival, recalled the terrifying experience and how she began running away from the rest of the people out of fear of getting shot:
"There were a lot of people just chilling and having a good time. We all started running. I ran as fast as I could away from everyone. I thought I was going to get shot."
ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP
Videos of the incident can be found circulating online, being shared across several social media platforms, showing police trying to clear large groups of panicking people out of the area.
Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City, reacted to the shooting by saying that the tragedy does not define Brownsville and that the community rejects violence.
Thank you to the @NYPD73Pct and EMS for your swift response last night, and to the Cure Violence and non-profit organizations in Brownsville working tirelessly to make this community safer. https://t.co/Kn0Vvcuw2w— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 28, 2019
The Mayor also urged those with any information, photos or videos of the shooting to come forward and contact the proper authorities. The shooting comes after President Donald Trump blasted the city of Baltimore for its violence.
DONALD TRUMP'S REVIEW OF BALTIMORE
According to Trump, the Maryland city is a "disgusting" and "rodent-infested mess" that is "far worse and more dangerous” than the southern border.
His remarks led the Mayor of Baltimore, Jack Young, to say that he didn't stand for anyone, even the President of the U.S., who attacked the city, and that Trump was a disappointment to the city, the country and the world.
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