Katherine Creag, NBC New York
A 22-year-old mother, Crystal Sweet, and her 29-year-old boyfriend, Timothy Walter, were shot dead outdoors in Brooklyn. A third man, Timothy's brother, was also shot. Police are investigating
Police are investigating a triple shooting overnight in Brooklyn that left a 22-year-old woman and her boyfriend dead.
Gunfire erupted early Sunday morning in the courtyard of the Sheepshead Bay Nostrand Houses in Brooklyn. Crystal Sweet, a home health aide, was hit, along with her boyfriend, 29-year-old Timothy Walter and his 30-year-old brother Cornelius Walter.
"My daughter screamed out the window, 'Crystal is dead, Crystal is dead,'" said Sweet's mother, Josephine Rodriguez. "My father ran down. My daughter ran down. I couldn't even go hear her body."
Paramedics rushed Cornelius to Kings County Hospital. Timothy Walter died instantly.
"Timothy should never have lost his life like that today," said his aunt Patricia McCall. "He was young. He was a beautiful kid."
Sweet had gone out that night to a bar and then to a barbecue and was believed to be with Cornelius Walters before the shooting.
Family members said the three victims had no enemies and don't know who would have wanted to hurt them or target them.
But authorities said the brothers have a long rap sheet each, and it's possible the shooting was a retaliation for an earlier attack, the Associated Press reports.
"She always tried to make peace between everybody," said Michael Tellez, a friend of Crystal Sweet. "That's why it's hard for me to believe because I grew up with her."
Police have not said whether they have identified suspects.