1 Woman is killed and 6 others in Brooklyn Mass Shooting
Two people opened fire at a Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood gathering, police said. The incident represented a sharp increase in city shootings.
One woman was killed and six others were injured, including a 14-year-old girl who opened fire on Sunday night at a house party in Brooklyn, police said.
The shooting was at 11:17 p.m. 15 Albany Avenue, Bedford-Stuyvesant area, attended by many young people and teenagers.
A 20-year-old woman was shot at the Woodhull Medical Center, police said. The 14-year-old girl was hit in the buttocks and rushed to Maimonides Medical Center, where she was stable.
The other victims included a 16-year-old boy who was struck in the chest and was in critical condition at King County Medical Center, and a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the leg at Maimonides, police said.
Three others were injured but expected to survive: an 18-year-old woman shot in the shoulder, an 18-year-old man struck in the leg, and a 19-year-old man struck in the torso, police said. The shooting motive remained unclear.
Shootings have doubled last year in New York City, with at least 1,660 shootings, and murders have risen to around 400 by 37 percent.
"We see a tremendous uptick that concerns us," said Assistant Chief Judith Harrison, who oversees Brooklyn North command of the police department at an overnight news conference.
The party at Albany Avenue seemed to be a continuation of an earlier event about 7 p.m. for a "Sweet 16" celebration. Police said in an East New York hall. Not long after the group dispersed, a 17-year-old boy attending was shot from the hall a block and a half in the leg, police said. He planned to thrive.
Police say two gunmen arrived about 11 p.m. at 15 Albany Avenue. And opened fire outside the front door. They then reached the lobby and started shooting as they headed upstairs to the third floor, police said.
Detectives suspect the two shootings are related, said Deputy Chief Michael Kemper, who oversees Brooklyn North's detective office where the shooting took place.
"It could be a retaliatory shoot or a continuation," Chief Kemper told reporters at the overnight news conference.