One person has died, and an estimated 11 others injured after reports of a mass shooting this past Saturday. According to law enforcement reports, the shooting incident occurred in Brooklyn, in New York City, specifically Brownsville.
Reports show that six people were taken to the hospital as a result of the shooting incident, with several of the victims listed as in critical condition. A spokesperson from the fire department was quoted as describing the situation as "fluid."
According to reports from the New York City police department, one victim of the shooting, a 38-year-old man, was killed when he was struck in the head by a single bullet. He was transported to the hospital, where he was recorded as dead on arrival. The victim’s identity has yet to be confirmed or released.
A spokesperson on the shooting, which occurred on late Saturday night, stated that there were "11, possibly 12" known injured. The spokesperson went on to state that he could not at that time confirm their current conditions, but did say that no arrests were reported as of yet
In a post made to his Twitter account, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said: “We had a terrible shooting in Brownsville tonight that shattered a peaceful neighborhood event. Our hearts go out to the victims.” He went on to add: “We will do everything in our power to keep this community safe and get guns off our streets."
Multiple videos were also posted across social media, showing law enforcement as they attempted to clear what appeared to be large groups of people away from the area of the recreation center in Brownsville where the shooting occurred. Local news outlets posted photos of what appeared to be several individuals taken from the scene of the shooting on stretchers.
Brownsville, unfortunately, is no stranger to gun violence. Roxanne J. Persaud, a state senator for Brownsville, said: "Our community mourns again. We should be able to have fun in open spaces without fear of violence. Respect your community. We are better than the violence."
The Brownsville shooting occurred on the same weekend as another mass shooting was reported at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Although there were not as many victims reported as of this writing as were involved in the Brownsville incident, both shootings bring to mind the fact that such incidents are occurring more and more often. Many feel it will get to the point where large, social gatherings may soon be a thing of the past.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Will it soon be that we will no longer be able to gather in social venues for fear of shootings?