A 6-year-old boy is undergoing surgery after he and four others were shot at a street party in New York City early on Monday morning.
The 6-year-old boy and his mother – who is also among the victims injured – were struck around 3 a.m. in Brooklyn in a shooting that police say is gang-related, however, it’s not clear if there were any intended targets at that party, according to the New York Post. The shots were fired during J’Ouvert, an annual pre-dawn celebration of Caribbean culture.
“What we have right now is she was getting out of a cab with her son and then two individuals pulled out firearms and started shooting and they were both struck,” the New York Post quoted NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison as saying.
Harrison added the mother and son were arriving at a party when they were shot.
Sources told the New York Post that the mother was hit in the foot and the boy, who is undergoing surgery, suffered a leg injury.
They also said the ages of the other three victims were 34, 40, and 46 – and they are all expected to survive.
As of midday Monday, two people have been arrested in connection to the shooting, charges are pending, while a firearm was recovered at the scene, the New York Post reports.