According to police sources, the hail of gunfire that killed one man and injured four others on the Coney Island boardwalk was fired from an NYCHA apartment complex at least a block away.
Shots were fired shortly before midnight Saturday, striking three men and two women sitting on seats on the Riegelmann Boardwalk near W. 29th St.
Investigators suspect the shots were fired from a long distance, most likely from the Coney Island Houses, a five-story NYCHA development on Surf Ave. between W. 29th and West 30th Sts.
The complex’s backside is adjacent to the famous boardwalk.
Derrick Sanders, 42, who lives just a block away from where the shooting occurred, was fatally shot in the back, according to police.
A 49-year-old woman was shot in the right leg, a 46-year-old man in the left leg, a 34-year-old woman in the right foot, and an unnamed man in the left leg.
All five victims were taken to NYU Langone-Brooklyn by ambulance, but Sanders could not be rescued. The remaining victims are expected to survive.
Bags of alcohol and cocktail mixes were discovered scattered about the bench by police investigating the shooting.
According to authorities, because the shots were fired from such a long distance, it was unclear whether any of the victims were intentionally targeted.