A 1-year-old was killed and three other people were shot late Sunday night while the family was enjoying a cookout on the sidewalk in Brooklyn.
Police say two men walked up to the gathering on Madison Street in Bed-Stuy just before midnight just started shooting from across Raymond Bush Park. Family members rushed Davell Gardner Jr. who suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach to the hospital but the child later died, police said.
The others who were shot are expected to survive, according to authorities. A 35-year-old man was shot in the groin; a 27-year-old man was hit in the ankle, and a 36-year-old man took a bullet in the leg.
No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing.
Just hours earlier, a 12-year-old was shot in Crown Heights and he's recovering at the hospital.
The shootings comes at the end of a fourth week of increased gun violence with more that twice the number of shooting recorded over the same period last year.
The NYPD's shooting database logged 43 shootings last week, compared to 13 last year - that's a 231% increase. The department says 5 people were killed in those shootings compared to 10 last year. On Saturday, city officials launched a pilot program created to combat the rise in shootings.
News 4 obtained data from the NYPD on shootings in New York City between January 1 and July 12 that reflect a 70% increase over the same period last year. 115 victims of shootings this year have died - that's up from 69 victims in the same six month period last year.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the gun violence Monday morning, dedicating a moment of silence to the loss of the baby boy.
"To wake up this morning and learn that a 1-yo child was killed on the streets of our city by gunfire is so painful," de Blasio said. "It's not something we can ever look away from."