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Five people were shot — including a 6-year-old boy — in Brooklyn early Monday morning during an outdoor J’Ouvert celebration, police and witnesses said.
The gunfire rang out just 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.
“It was really crazy — everyone was in shock,” said Joshua Kristal, who was marching with the procession.
The boy was shot in the left leg while a 47-year-old woman and 40-year-old man were each shot in the left foot, and two other men, 45 and 34, were both blasted in the right leg, according to cops.
All five victims were taken to the Kings County Hospital Center with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.
The motive was unknown Monday morning, and it wasn’t immediately clear which of the victims, if any, were intended targets.
The official J’Ouvert and the West Indian Day events have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but revelers decided to gather in the early hours anyway.
Graphic video from the scene shows the moment the shots rang out. The young boy is then seen lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood as a crowd of bystanders and police officers surrounded him. Multiple screams could be heard.
Immediately after he was struck, a woman, who appeared to be the child’s mother, rushed to his aid.