Kerry Burke et al., NY Daily News, April 27, 2015
A Brooklyn funeral took a lethal turn Monday when a shootout erupted outside the service, leaving six people wounded–two mortally, authorities said.
More than 40 people were leaving a service for 39-year-old Jose Luis Robles at the Emmanuel Church of God on Flatbush Ave. near Foster Ave. at about 8:30 p.m. when three men fired up to 15 shots into the crowd.
One funeral attendee fired back, wounding one of the assailants before the three men fled in a silver SUV, cops said.
Robles died of natural causes on April 16.
He was a “former gang member” who did time in prison and may have been affiliated with the Bloods, police sources said.
“Rival gang members heard about the funeral and decided to start shooting the place up,” a police source said.
But when the smoke cleared, two men were dead, police said. Four others, including two women, were wounded.
Some witnesses said the shooting took place after a fight broke out as people waited outside to pay their respects.
“This was about something that happened 20 years ago and had nothing to do with Robles,” a source close to the investigation said. “(The shooter) confronts one of the victims and gets punched. That guy’s friend pulls a gun and starts shooting.”