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12 Shot at Brooklyn Community Event

1 man killed at normally 'beautiful and peaceful event'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2019 7:57 AM CDT
Police officers photograph bullets and a firearm magazine at a crime scene in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Gunfire at a large, outdoor event in Brooklyn killed one man and injured at least 11 others late Saturday, reports the AP. Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted early Sunday that the shooting in east Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood "shattered a peaceful neighborhood event." Twelve people were shot, including a 38-year-old man who was dead on arrival at a local hospital, a New York City police rep said around 3:30am Sunday. The spokesman said he did not know the identity of the man, who was shot once in the head. No arrests have been made, and police did not offer details about a possible suspect or whether there was more than one gunman at the park. At least six people had been transported to local hospitals by just after midnight, with some in serious condition, a New York City fire department spokesman said. He described the scene at the time as "fluid."

A notice on the NYC Parks website said other programming at the Brownsville Recreation Center was canceled over the weekend because of the annual Old Timers Event. A 2010 newsletter from the parks department described it as a celebration of "former members of the center who went on to success and fame in sports and other endeavors" that's grown to include concerts and other events. A flyer for the dayslong celebration said Saturday's event was to begin at 6pm on Hegeman Avenue, in the vicinity of the site of the shooting. Council Member Alicka Amprey-Samuel shared de Blasio's tweet and added comments of her own. "One of the worst experiences of my life," the council member for the 41st District tweeted. "How does such a beautiful and peaceful event become overshadowed by tragedy in seconds?"

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