A disturbing video captured the moment when a six-year-old boy was shoveled off the sidewalk by his mother after both were filmed during a pre-dawn J’Ouvert celebration in Brooklyn.
The mother and son were among five people who were shot injured when gunfire rang out at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Crown Street in Crown Heights just before 3 a.m. Monday.
The shooting came as the violence continued to rise dramatically in New York City and at least 10 people were shot dead over Labor Day weekend.
In the video received from DailyMail.com, some of the 300 people who gathered in a pre-dawn procession to celebrate the Caribbean J̵
The boy lies on the sidewalk in a pool of blood as the woman identified as his mother rushes over and tries to pick him up.
A few meters away from the boy, a man can be seen collapsing on the ground after apparently also being shot.
A disturbing video captured the moment when a six-year-old boy was shoveled off the sidewalk by his mother after they and three other people were shot dead Monday morning during a pre-dawn J’Ouvert celebration in Brooklyn
The boy lies on the sidewalk in a pool of blood as the woman identified as his mother rushes over and tries to pick him up
A few meters away from the boy, a man can be seen collapsing on the ground after apparently also being shot
Police sources told the New York Post that the boy identified as Maxwell Cesc-Vinho was shot in the left leg while his mother Patricia Bratwaith, 47, and a man named Flavian Yves, 40, were shot in the left foot.
The sources identified the other two victims as Bob Charlotin, 46, and Kelly Barthold, 34, and said they were both shot in the right leg.
All five victims were rushed to Kings County Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries.
NYPD officials arrested two men at the scene who both carried guns, but police have not confirmed whether either of the two was the shooter.
Investigators are still working to determine the motive for the shooting, but NYPD detective chief Rodney Harrison said it appeared to be a gang.
“This is an infamous gang area that we have had problems with in the past,” Harrison told reporters on Monday morning.
It is unclear whether any of the victims were deliberately attacked. Harrison said the mother and son were getting out of a cab when they were beaten.
“It was really crazy – everyone was in shock,” Joshua Kristal, who was in the procession at the time of the shooting, told the Post.
‘The boy, his mother carried him. You could see there was blood in his pants. She dropped it, I didn’t know what to do, then I saw tons of blood. ‘
Kristal said he ran over to help a woman who was shot in the foot and put pressure on her wound until doctors arrived.
“A woman went around and said, ‘I shot in the foot, I shot in the foot,” he recalled. I was holding her foot. I wondered where all this blood was coming from. It was really crazy.’
Another witness told the Post that he saw one of the armed men wearing a white coat, jeans, a red cap and a blue surgical mask.
“People were dancing and hanging out, having a good time and the shootings started out of nowhere,” said the man, who refused to be named. ‘He was on foot. It came from Nostrand Avenue. He fired a couple of shots. ‘
He noticed that after the fire opened, the shooter casually walked away.
The video obtained by ABC7 showed first responders putting people in ambulances shortly after the shooting – as well as crowds gathered for the march.
First responders rush one of the victims into an ambulance
Police arrested two men at the scene who were carrying guns. It is unclear whether either of the two is suspected of having carried out the shooting
Mayor Bill de Blasio has canceled the official J’Ouvert celebration and West Indian Day parade, which would also have taken place on Monday due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But a lot of people got up early to spot J’Ouvert – a pre-day party that marks the start of Carnival in Caribbean countries – at least before daybreak on Monday.
De Blasio warned last week that the NYPD would cancel any Labor Day gatherings that violated its ban.
Harrison said many residents celebrated with barbecues and played music outside.
“We’re actually promoting that,” he said. “That doesn’t mean people should come out and start shooting.”
Hours after the shooting, a heavy police presence was stationed on Eastern Parkway, the traditional location of the West Indian Day Parade.
The West Indian American Day Carnival Association is still planning its 53rd annual celebration but will do so virtually.
Brooklyn’s J’Ouvert celebrations have been marred by violence in recent years.
In 2016, 22-year-old student Tiarah Poyau was shot in her eye by Reginald Moise, 20, after she asked him not to drag on her at the festival.
In 2017, four people were stabbed to death and one was shot dead during the festival.
About 300 people had gathered in Crown Heights for a pre-dawn procession
New York City has seen a worrying surge in crime and violence this summer.
Last week police released new data showing there were 242 shootings in August, compared with just 91 in the same month last year.
At least 10 people were shot dead on Labor Day weekend alone – including the five in the J’Ouvert incident and a 62-year-old man who was shot dead hours later in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge neighborhood.
Police said the man was shot and killed around 6:50 am while walking his dog on 74th Street near Seventh Avenue.
The man was hit in the head and shoulders and taken to NYU Langone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police did not make any arrests in the shooting and are working to determine if the shots were accidental or aimed.
The motive of the shooting and the whereabouts of the man’s dog remain unclear.
Less than an hour earlier, in Inwood, two men and a woman were shot dead at a BP gas station near Sherman Avenue.
Police said the 31-year-old woman was shot in the leg, a 23-year-old man was hit in the right arm and a 29-year-old man was hit in the leg and shoulder.
All three victims were not life threatening, police said.
A fourth shooting occurred around 4:30 a.m. in the Bronx’s Fordham Manor area, where a 31-year-old man was struck in the leg by a masked gunman who took off on a motorcycle.
This victim was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.