In the early hours of Monday, five people were shot at an outdoor J’Ouvert celebration in Brooklyn. Police and witnesses have claimed that a 6-year-old boy was also among those shot.
The gunfire broke out a few minutes before 3 a.m. at the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Crown Street in Crown Heights where about 300 people had gathered for a pre-dawn West Indian Day celebration. Three adult men and a woman were shot, as well as her 6-year-old son, who was shot in the upper thigh, police said. Sustaining injuries, the five people who have been shot are expected to survive, according to official sources.
Although the official J’Ouvert and the West Indian Day events had been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, revelers decided to gather in celebration, during the early hours of Monday morning. The J’Ouvert celebration has been marred by shootings previously as well. One of the gunshot victims was a young six-year-old boy, who was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital, by his mother.
Joshua Kristal, a source known to attend the event told the New York Post, “The boy, his mom was carrying him. You could see there was blood in his pants. She dropped him, I didn’t know what to do, then I saw tons of blood.” Further describing the series of events, Kristal stated that a woman was also struck on the foot, who then sprung into action and applied pressure to her wound before emergency responders arrived.
“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.
Though neither of their identities has been confirmed as yet, two people were arrested at the scene, each carrying a gun, police sources said. It was unclear if either was the shooter, but both the suspects are now in custody. In 2016, a man named Reginald Moise had drunkenly shot a 22-year-old woman in the face, killing her, during the J’Ouvert celebration. He was acquitted in 2019 and sentenced to 17 and 1/3 years prison.