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2 Arrested in Drive-By Shooting That Killed Unborn Baby, Injured 5: Police

Two people have been arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting Brooklyn Monday night that killed the unborn child of a pregnant woman shot five times and injured four other people, police say. 

Police sources told NBC 4 New York earlier that three people were in custody. 

One of the individuals taken into custody is believed to be the driver of the SUV that passed by the four-months pregnant woman, 19, two other women and two men standing in front of a housing project on Dwight Street. Gunfire spewed from the car, authorities have said.

Another of the individuals in custody is believed to be one of the shooters; the other is a suspect police named Tuesday, according to the police sources.

Late Wednesday night, police announced the arrests of Quamari McAllister and Marquise Frederick, both 19, on attempted murder, assault, weapons possession and other charges.

It was not immediately clear whether the men had lawyers who could comment on the arrests.

The pregnant woman was critically injured in the shooting, according to the police sources. She is expected to survive but her unborn baby died.

One of her companions, a 20-year-old man, was hit seven times in the body, authorities said.

Another 19-year-old woman was also shot five times, while the remaining two victims were shot in the legs. All five victims were taken to nearby hospitals.

Police sources say the violence is thought to stem from a rivalry between residents of two housing projects in the neighborhood. Police are looking for two suspects.

"It's shocking," said neighbor Tamira Hoynes. "This is the first incident I've heard of in, like, ages."

Three died and 16 were wounded in seven separate shootings across the city over the weekend, including one shooting in which nine people were shot during a backyard party in East New York.

On Monday, community activists took a coffin to Brooklyn Borough Hall in protest of the seeming rise in gun violence.

"I think that's crazy, it's happening all around the city, shootings everywhere," said Denise Morales, of East New York. 

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