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1 dead, 5 wounded in shooting at Crown Heights gathering: police

Crown Heights shootings on July 15, 2020
Posted at 5:37 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 12:23:53-04

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Update: Police have identified a person of interest in connection with the fatal shooting.

Original story: A man is dead and at least five others were wounded when gunfire erupted at a large gathering in Brooklyn early Wednesday, the NYPD said.

According to police, officers responded around 2 a.m. to reports of people shot near the intersection of President Street and Franklin Avenue.

Authorities said there was a large gathering at the location and three individuals walked up and started shooting toward the crowd before fleeing the scene.

EMS responded and transported a woman and three men to a nearby hospital with gunshot wounds.

Of this group, a 25-year-old woman was shot in the buttocks, a 35-year-old man was shot in the arm, a 19-year-old man was shot in the buttocksm and another 19-year-old man was shot in the back, police said.

Some time later, Kings County Hospital Center alerted police they had two additional gunshot victims, a man and woman, from the Crown Heights incident, authorities said.

According to officials, a 30-year-old man was shot in the torso and pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The woman, 52, was shot in the leg.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said on the scene Wednesday morning that police believe this was possibly a gang-related shooting.

"We're probably at a percentage of about 60 to 70% of our shootings right now...have a gang nexus to it," Harrison said of a recent uptick in shootings across the city.

"What the surge is from, I really can't speak about it right now, but we have to find a way to really supress a lot of the gang violence that's really plaguing the city," he said.

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Correction: The time of the incident has been corrected to 2 a.m.