BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Police are investigating the scene where a deadly mass shooting unfolded during a Saturday night party in Brooklyn, according to Fox 5 NY.
Officials say that a total of 12 people were shot in the violent outburst, with one victim confirmed dead. 11 others were rushed to the hospital, where they were treated for their injuries.
Multiple reports confirmed that the shooting occurred during a block party in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. Police say that an annual “Old Timers” event was being held at a playground in the area of Hegeman Ave. and Christopher Ave. Just after 11 p.m., gunshots rang out.
Twelve people are reported shot at an outdoor gathering in Brooklyn on Saturday night
The shooting was reported before 11 p.m. near Hegeman and Christopher Avenues in Brownsville.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 28, 2019
Police say a 38-year-old man was killed during the eruption of gunfire. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors tried to save him, but he died from his injuries.
His identity was not immediately released, but authorities did say that he had suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Fox 5 NY reported that video from the scene showed the utter panic that ensued after the suspect opened fire. Police continually tried to deescalate the situation and get the crowd to disperse, but struggled amongst the chaos.
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Around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, a New York City police spokesman confirmed that at least 11 people had been shot, but was unable to provide details into their condition.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted about the deadly shooting just after midnight on Sunday. He called the incident a “terrible shooting” and said that his heart went “out to the victims.”
We had a terrible shooting in Brownsville tonight that shattered a peaceful neighborhood event. Our hearts go out to the victims.
We will do everything in our power to keep this community safe and get guns off our streets.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 28, 2019
De Blasio said the shooting “shattered a peaceful neighborhood event.”
So far, police have not made any arrests in connection with what is being called a mass shooting, and it is not clear whether there was more than one suspect at the publishing of this article.
“We’re still tallying up all the victims, unfortunately,” the NYPD spokesman said.
“There are a lot of moving parts,” he said, “and this is an active situation.”
“A single shooter — still at large after midnight — is believed to have opened fire at the annual ‘Old Timer’s Day’ block party” https://t.co/7uzyfSI0ze
— Steve Lookner (@lookner) July 28, 2019
A press conference is planned for Sunday morning to address the details of the investigation. This story is developing. Please continue to check back for updates as more information becomes available.