Two dead, five injured in shootings, stabbings during Labour Day J'ouvert celebrations

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Monday, September 5, 2016 - 11:30

A man and a woman were killed and five other people were injured in two shootings and two stabbings during J'Ouvert celebrations along the West Indian Day Parade route in Brooklyn early Monday morning, police say.

Two more people were injured when a motorcycle they were on was hit by a car. 

A man and a women were shot at Empire Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue during the pre-parade festivities in Crown Heights shortly before 4 a.m. 

The 20-something-year-old man, who was shot in his chest, died of his injuries, according to police.

A 66-year-old woman was shot in her arms and hands.

She was in stable condition at Kings County Hospital Monday morning. 

A short time later and just a block away at Empire Boulevard and Washington Avenue, a 22-year-old woman was shot in the head, according to police.

She was shot just before 4:15 a.m. and transported to Kings County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

A 23-year-old woman was also stabbed in the lower back at Ocean Avenue and Empire Boulevard shortly before 4:20 a.m. Police say she refused medical attention. 

Another person was stabbed in the neck at Eastern Parkway and Classon Avenue around 5:30 a.m. That person was taken to Methodist Hospital in serious condition. 

A 23-year-old woman was also stabbed in the lower back at Ocean Avenue and Empire Boulevard shortly before 4:20 a.m. Police say she refused medical attention.

Another person was stabbed in the neck at Eastern Parkway and Classon Avenue around 5:30 a.m. That person was taken to Methodist Hospital in serious condition.

Mayor de Blasio promised that there would be "the most extensive security ever" at this year's J'Ouvert celebration.

De Blasio and top NYPD officials said twice as many police would be at the pre-dawn festival that draws as many as 250,000 people to Prospect Park before the West Indian Day Parade.

The NYPD said that 200 light towers and dozens of security cameras will be at this year's parade in addition to the increased number of officers.

SOURCE: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/

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