Police release new details about gang-related Brownsville shooting
Authorities said Tuesday they believe two groups were involved, possibly rival gangs shooting at each other.
One of the people shot is believed to be associated with these two groups, police said. It was earlier confirmed that the man killed in the shooting was believed to be a member of the Bloods gang. The Saturday night shooting was a continuation of a dispute between these two groups, police said.
One of the firearms links back to a prior July shooting, detectives discovered.
The second firearm was determined to be “community firearm” — a gun used or shared among a gang or crew. Police say they made that discovery using DNA evidence.
One person remains hospitalized from the shooting; the rest of the victims have since been released from the hospital.
Thousands of people attended the Old Timers Event, which has been going on since 1963.
“They don’t want to be defined by this; this event will continue,” Police Commissioners James O’Neill said, speaking to the longstanding tradition at a press conference after the shooting.
Half of shootings and homicides in the 73 precinct, which includes Brownsville, are gang-related, according to O’Neill, adding that cleaning up the area is bigger than the department alone, and that finding at-risk youth necessary.
“There’s just not enough to do, or if the programs are out there they don’t know about that,” he said of keeping young people out of gangs, especially in parts of the city with higher crime rates.
Officials have increased award to $10,000; police are still urging anyone with information to come forward.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
Reporting from Nicole Johnson and Narmeen Choudhury was used in this story.