A cop was wounded in a gun battle Monday night, capping off a terrifying spate of shootings that left three people dead and marred Brooklyn‘s West Indian Day Parade.
Monday’s shooting surge wounded eight and put the number of people shot over the weekend around the city to at least 47. It came the same day the Daily News reported that 24 people were shot in the 24-hour period beginning 6 a.m. Saturday.
The violence culminated in a deadly gun battle on Prospect Place in Crown Heights about 9 p.m., when a man shot and killed another gunman and a woman caught in the crossfire, police sources said.
“There was a gunfight between two men,” a police source said. “He shot and killed an innocent bystander.”
Police arrived and the gunman began firing at officers, who shot the gun-wielding man several times, critically wounding him, sources said.
One officer was hit in his arm during the gunfight. He was in stable condition at Brookdale University Hospital, where Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly visited him late last night. During J’Ouvert, the traditional predawn celebration leading up to the parade, bullets struck four men at an East Flatbush barbecue about 12:45 a.m.
Tyrief Gary, 18, was blasted in the chest at the cookout on E. 54th St. Three other men – ages 30, 29 and 26 – were wounded in the barrage, police said. The four were taken to Kings County Hospital, where Gary later died. The others were in stable condition.
Parade-goers flee in terror after a gunman opened fire on a crowd on Utica Avenue. (Todd Maisel/News)
“He was only 18,” said Dimitry Foster, 18, who went to junior high school with Gary. “He was a good guy. This is shocking.”
More violence was sparked once the parade got underway.
Two men were shot at Eastern Parkway near Rochester Ave. on the sidelines of the massive march about 2:30 p.m., police said.
One man was shot in the abdomen and the other in the lower back after they got into a scuffle with the shooter. Both were expected to survive, sources said.
The gunman fled into the panicked crowd.
“Everyone started running,” said witness William Long. “I saw people knocking the barricades over.”
About a dozen blocks west on the Eastern Parkway, the parade’s main thoroughfare, near Rogers Ave., a man was shot in the leg about 5 p.m. and taken to Kings County Hospital, officials said.
“He pulled it out and fired off two shots,” parade-goer Pauline Mash, 29, said of the gunman. “The crowd just went wild running.”
Around 6 p.m., a man was shot in the arm on Park Place a few blocks from the route, officials said. Read more here -NY DAILY NEWS