Police were investigating a shooting at a Brooklyn party early Sunday that left two people dead and two more in critical condition.
Officers responded to an outdoor party venue in East New York at about 12:30 a.m. after the city’s gunshot detection system was activated, and found three people inside a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds.
"Inside that motor vehicle accident, there were three males shot: two are DOA, one is fighting for his life," Deputy Chief John Shell of the NYPD said at a press conference Sunday.
Two of the three, both 36-year-old men, were pronounced dead at hospitals. They have been identified as Nicholas Palmer o the Bronx and Novada Bailey of Queens. The third occupant, a 51-year-old man, was listed in critical condition with wounds to his back, chest and right arm.
Two other men, a 37-year-old and 32-year-old, were shot inside the event space. Police said the 32-year-old was in critical condition with chest and neck injuries.
No arrests had been made, and the shooting was under investigation. The victims' identities were withheld pending notification of family.
It's estimated that more than 100 people were at the party Saturday night, in what appeared to be an abandoned warehouse. Detectives were still piecing together the connection between all the gunshot victims but believe some of the gunfire was the result of a fight.
"There were about 100-150 people there. We know there's some videos out there, we know people saw what happened," Shell said, pleading for help from witnesses.
Police say the party venue was legal and never had any complaints before the deadly shooting.
The investigation is ongoing.