Multiple young people were shot late Sunday night at a house party in Brooklyn and a 20-year-old woman has died.
The NYPD says gunfire broke out around 11 p.m. at an apartment building on Albany Avenue in Bed-Stuy. The victims, ages 14 to 20 years old, were gathered at the party when an unknown person entered the location and started to shoot in the lobby as he ascended the stairs to a third-floor apartment, according to police.
Police sources said shell casings were littered at the door, in the lobby and across the hallway. Witnesses said the scene was chaotic, as dozens of young people scrambled for safety, knocking on doors begging to be let in to escape the danger.
After the shooting, police say someone transported the 20-year-old victim, who was visiting from Virginia, to the hospital and where she was pronounced dead.
Other victims include an 18-year-old woman who was shot in the leg, a 19-year-old man who was shot in the torso, an 18-year-old man who was shot in the leg, a 14-year-old girl who was shot in the buttocks, a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the torso and a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the leg. All of them are expected to survive, police said.
What led to the shooting is still unclear but police said they are searching for at least two gunmen who fired two different weapons. Police sources said the shooting may have been done in retaliation from a prior disagreement, and may be connected to the shooting earlier in the evening.
Another shooting near a Sweet 16 party in East New York left a 17-year-old young man was shot. Investigators say they believe the victim was at that party on Liberty Avenue before 911 was called to disperse the crowd. Others who attended the party on Albany Avenue may have also been at the Sweet 16, police said.
Gun violence in the city up, nearly doubling from 2019. The spike has captured the attention of all New Yorkers, including NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who quietly pulled up to the scene of the Bed-Stuy shooting to talk with investigators.
No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing.