A 15-year-old teenager has been accused of shooting at dawn on Monday five people, including a 6-year-old boy, who were participating in a celebration of the Caribbean diaspora in the New York neighborhood of Brooklynreported the police and local media.
Yesterday, the Police Department had reported that two people had been arrested and that they had seized of two pistols, although without giving more details. Today they confirmed that the person responsible was arrested fifteen minutes after the shooting and that he is accused of attempted murder.
According to the NBC channel, the six year old boy was injured with her mother as they got out of a taxi and headed home to the Crown Heights area.
The shooting happened a little before 3:00 a.m. local time on Monday (7:00 GMT), during the celebration of a caribbean carnival, known as “J’Ouvert”, and which usually starts at midnight, although this year it had been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minor was injured in his left leg and was taken to Kings County Hospital, where neither his life nor that of his 47-year-old mother is in danger. Likewise, the three men suffered impacts to the feet and legs.
Increase in violence
The gun incidents in this celebration they are common and the Police had announced that they would redouble their efforts in the Brooklyn neighborhood to avoid possible confrontations.
New York is witnessing an alarming spike in shootings in most of its boroughs, including Brooklyn. This weekend, which spans three days as Monday coincides with the Labor Day holiday, is traditionally considered one of the most violent of the year.
Between January and August, 1,014 shootings were registered, 87% more than the 541 that occurred on those same dates in 2019, as well as 291 murders, which is 34% more than the 217 that occurred in the same period last year.