4 dead, 3 injured in Crown Heights shooting


Seth Gottfried

Authorities responded to a call of shots fired in the vicinity of the Triple A Aces private and social rental space on Utica Avenue near Michael Griffith Street in Crown Heights around 7 a.m., FDNY officials said.

At least four men were killed and five others injured in a Brooklyn social club shooting early Saturday morning, according to published reports. Shea said there was "evidence of gambling" including cards and dice inside. At the time of the shooting, there were at least 15 people inside, police said. They were said to be between the ages of 32 and 49.

The motive for the shooting was not immediately disclosed.

The shooting was the second mass killing in NY in a week in a city that has seen a marked drop in homicides in recent years.

Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said police have received no complaints in recent years about activity at the illegal spot.

Shea said the three people who were wounded - a woman and two men - were being treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made, according to the Associated Press. "Gov. Cuomo and New York State have done a lot to prevent and reduce gun violence, but it is clear there is more work to do at the community level and beyond".

Crime-scene tape surrounded the building Saturday morning and investigators in white jumpsuits could be seen going in and out. Police officials said during the news conference that the incident did not appear to be gang-related. Four homeless men were beaten to death by another homeless man October 5 in the Chinatown neighbourhood.

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