Gun violence in New York City has been on the rise this Labor Day weekend and as of Monday a total of 39 people had been shot in the city since Saturday morning according to NYPD officials.
Today, at the start of the West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn, NY, a man opened fired just blocks away from the parade route, he fled, tossed his gun and was later arrested by police.
As Reported By The NY Post:
At just before noon, a gunman fired into the air several blocks away from the start of the West Indian Day Parade route in Crown Heights — not hitting anyone — before hopping into a cab and fleeing.
Police have a man in custody after he allegedly fired shots into the air at the West Indian Day Parade before fleeing the scene in a cab.
At 6 a.m., a man was shot in the leg in a McDonald’s at 57 Empire Blvd in Brooklyn, and was in stable condition.
Bloomberg, who has decried the recent spate of gun violence, had just started marching.
Witnesses said the unidentified gunman got out of the car at E. 94th and Winthrop streets, and then ran off after tossing his gun. Cops caught him down the street after Macing him.
Police then washed the Mace out of his eyes with a carton of milk.