Police officers investigated the shooting of two teenagers, age 14, and 16, in Mount Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Sunday night. (Photo: Dave Sanders for The New York Times)
Two teenagers were shot during a West Indian music festival in Mount Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Sunday night, according to witnesses and the police, who said the boys were taken to a nearby hospital, according to the New York Times.
The police said one teenager was shot in the hip and the other was shot in the torso. They were taken to New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope and were in stable condition. Family members identified the boys as Jordan Lewis, 14, and Aakif Murray, 16, both of Brooklyn.
The boys had been at an afternoon picnic with extended family and friends, said Kersha Thompson, 28, Jordan’s aunt. She said the teenagers were preparing to leave after a long day when the gunfire began.
“We were leaving to the next event,” she said, while waiting for news at the hospital. “We heard the gunshots.”
Ms. Jordan said no one at the picnic knew the identity or the motive of the gunman and that they believed the boys were bystanders hit by “stray bullets.”
Ms. Thompson described Jordan’s condition as “stable” but said that Aakif appeared to be more seriously injured. Members of Aakif’s family stood nearby at the hospital, inconsolable.
A steel drummer performing in the park, who gave his name only as Roger, said the music was nearly over when he heard gunfire on the far end of the concert field near Eastern Parkway.
He said there had been no indication previously that anyone in the crowd, many of whom traveled from Philadelphia, had a problem.
“Nobody was arguing, nobody was fighting,” said Roger, 52, who said he lives in New York.
Late Sunday night, police officers stood in groups just inside the park and said they intended to search the field where the concertgoers had been.
Inside a perimeter of yellow police tape next to a playground, five detectives scoured the area, which was littered with empty beer bottles, marking potential evidence with upside-down foam cups. A law enforcement official said that 9-millimeter shell casings were found at the scene.
For blocks along Eastern Parkway, police cars flashed their red and blue lights in the darkness, stopping vehicles as they headed east.
New York Times - July 13, 2015 - By Liam Stack