Jonathan Dienst et al., NBC New York, September 6, 2011
Three people were killed and two police officers were wounded in a shooting a few blocks from the annual West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, capping a violent holiday weekend in which nearly 60 people were injured by gunfire.
Updated statistics obtained by NBC New York on Tuesday show that at least 58 people were shot between midnight Friday and midnight Monday. That includes 10 on Saturday, 33 on Sunday and 15 on Monday. Preliminary numbers indicate as many as 10 were killed.
Earlier Monday, as revelers filled the streets in colorful costumes during the parade, separate gun violence brought the festivities to a stop in spots, scattering the panicked crowd. Police said four people were shot and wounded along the parade route and a 15-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet nearby.
A city councilman was briefly detained after getting into a confrontation with police after the parade.
The violent holiday weekend included a Sunday shooting in the Bronx in which eight people, including children, were wounded.
Four other people were shot in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn early Monday, including a 17-year-old boy who died.
The annual Labor Day parade celebrates the culture of the Caribbean islands and is one of the city’s largest outdoors events.