It was one of the most gun violent Labor Day weekends in New York City’s history.
There has been a total of 48 gunshot victims, including eight fatalities, according to NYPD officials.
The West Indian Parade in Brooklyn, NY marks the official end of summer in New York City and this year was by far the most violent anyone can remember.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was livid, while a gunman fired into the air only blocks from where he had just begun marching.
According to witnesses:
“The shooter shouted something, then ‘boom!’ Everyone ducked,” said a witness, Marlene Anthony, adding that the young thug was standing at Rockaway Parkway and Clarkson Avenue – just blocks from the parade staging area. “It was a bad mix of alcohol, ignorance and a fool with a gun who tries to ruin the fun of the parade.”
The gunman, Devon Stevens, 25, jumped into a livery cab, but went only a couple blocks before hopping out on East 94th Street at Winthrop Street, where he ditched the gun as cops gave chase, authorities said.
The violence didn’t stop there, a Brooklyn mother was caught in crossfire alnog with two NYPD officers after the parade had ended.
A wild shootout between cops and a gunman on a Brooklyn street last night left two people dead — including a mother caught in the crossfire as she sat on her stoop with her daughter.
The bullets began flying at 9 p.m., on Park Place in Crown Heights five hours after the end of the Caribbean Parade, which had passed four blocks away.
The violence was set off when Randy Johnson and Leroy Webster got into a post-parade brawl inside 637 Park Place, officials said.
“There was an argument and somebody came back and started shooting,” said a witness Shareem Braxton.