Updated 09/05/2011 11:38 PM
Police Officer Shot, Three Killed In Brooklyn As Bloody Holiday Weekend Ends
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Shots rang out Monday night in Prospect Heights, leaving three people dead and a police officer injured in a violent conclusion to the Labor Day weekend in which upwards of 40 other victims were hurt in well over a dozen shootings.
Police officials say the officer was shot in the arm and taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he is expected to recover.
All told, three other people were killed. Besides the police officer, one was initially said to be injured and in critical condition but was later pronounced dead.
An investigation into the incident is currently underway.
Earlier Monday, residents spoke out in response to the rash of shootings which spread from Saturday night into the West Indian Day Parade.
Marvin Applewhite said he heard too many gunshots to count. He came outside of his East Flatbush apartment when he thought it was safe, but the screaming continued.
“Saw two people on the floor, people running all over,” said Applewhite. “It was crazy.”
Just before 1:00 a.m. Monday, someone shot four people. An 18-year-old died at the scene.
“I know exactly who it is, but I never seen him in no trouble. You never know what goes on with these young kids today,” said one resident.
Some people in the neighborhood blame alcohol and the West Indian Day Parade.
Police reported two other shootings at the carnival.
“We heard pop, pop and everyone was panicking,” said one resident.
“It’s all supposed to be in good fun, and I wish that was the case,” said another.
It was certainly no fun for police over the weekend. They responded to 14 shootings citywide Saturday into Sunday, and sources estimate at least another 13 shootings Sunday into Monday. There are more than 40 victims total.
“Some of them are associated with the parade. Quite frankly this is something that does happen with this parade. It's gotten much better, but we've had some violence associated with it in the past,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
It's unclear if this shooting is related, but eight people were shot on East 221 Street in the Bronx. Police suspect Oneil Dasilva, 17, from Mount Vernon.
Despite this weekend's violence, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city's crime rate is the lowest in the country.
“Unfortunately, we're gonna have to keep fighting. We just shouldn't be fighting it alone. We really do need the federal government to help in terms of getting guns off the streets,” said Bloomberg.
While police investigate and neighbors without windows clean up, some say they've had enough.
“I don't think I’m coming out here much more anymore,” said Applewhite, “especially for events.”
Anyone with information on the shootings should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.