A college student’s bra saved her from being shot after the bullet hit the underwire at a Brooklyn block party that killed a 38-year-old Bloods gang member and injured 11 others.
Deniesa Murdaugh, 21, was spared of potentially life-threatening injuries in the wild shootout thanks to her bra, mother Odessa Watson told the New York Post.
She explained that when Emergency Medical Services unhooked her bra to tend to her wound, the bullet was sitting on her bra strap and ‘just fell out.’
Despite this, there were still bullet fragments left in her skin leaving a ‘graze,’ Watson told the Post.
‘It was a regular bra,’ she added. ‘The threading of it, because we’re thick girls, is thicker. And it got caught in the back part of the bra.’
Queensboro College student Murdaugh was among the large crowds of locals at ‘Old Timers Week’ – an annual community block party that was celebrating its 56th year.
As the event started to wrap up, with the final R&B band of the night performing ‘Family Reunion’ by The O’Jays at around 11pm, a hail of bullets filled the area, The New York Times reported.
Bloods gang member Jason Pagan, 38, is believed to have been the target, according to the Post. He died of his wounds and an additional 11 people, including Murdaugh, were injured in the attack.
Two of the other victims were said to be recovering, retiree Anthony Davis will wait up to two weeks before the bullet is located and hopefully removed from his body, according to the Post. Another, Dominique Joseph, 25, is recovering at her home in Red Hook.
Queensboro College student Deniesa Murdaugh, 21, was caught in the gunfire at a community event in Brownsville, Brooklyn. She was fortunately saved by the wire lining in her bra that caught the bullet, leaving her with just a ‘graze’
One woman was seen to be in a serious condition following the shooting as she was stretchered to an ambulance by an EMS worker
Scores of police and EMS response teams descended upon the area in the wake of the mass shooting rendering assistance to the victims
Several victims had to be rushed to hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the mass shooting
Jason Pagan, 38, died after sustaining gunshot wounds in the shooting. According to reported sources, he was the target of the attack and was a Bloods gang member
Police and EMS response teams descended upon the area in Brownsville Park on Saturday before victims were rushed to nearby hospitals.
A 9mm gun was recovered nearby on Christopher and Hegeman Avenues, stashed inside a woman’s purse, the Post reported. According to one source that spoke to the site, a 40-caliber piece was also fired in the exchange.
NYPD commissioner James O’Neill vowed to catch those responsible for the bloodshed on Sunday morning.
A public advocate Jumaane Williams also said at the press conference: ‘There’s no part of street code that says you can shoot up an event where seniors are enjoying themselves, period.
‘[This was] a revered event that our seniors come out to enjoy themselves. And, damn it, somebody shot it up,’ according to the Post.
A representative of the neighborhood in State Assembly said the shooting broke ‘code’ and has ‘shocked our community to its core,’ according to The Times.
More than 100 police officers were on duty at the party minutes before the shooting began.
Pagan was shot while waiting for an Uber, The Times reported, his sibling had also died in a shooting. The victims from Saturday’s attack ranged from 21 – 55 years-old.
Watson recalled the moments following the gunshots: ‘We were told to run and when I turned around to see, I was hit in the back. I was so scared.
‘I know someone was looking out for me,’ she told the Post. ‘I pray for my children every single day.’
Detectives were seen pacing the area, with one abandoned firearm found among discarded cups and bottles that littered the ground following the festival
One witness described the aftermath of the shooting as ‘pure pandemonium’ as stunned victims ran for cover
Bystanders are seen shaken by the mass shooting – with the gunman responsible for the tragedy still at large as of early Sunday morning
One witness told The New York Post that the gunfire came as a complete surprise – and didn’t appear to be caused by an altercation.
‘I heard shots and I ducked. When I stuck my head up, and the smoke cleared, it was pure pandemonium,’ he recalled.
Mayor Bill de Blasio posted shortly after midnight on Sunday: ‘We had a terrible shooting in Brownsville tonight that shattered a peaceful neighborhood event. Our hearts go out to the victims.
‘We will do everything in our power to keep this community safe and get guns off our streets.’
The ‘Brownsville Old Timers Week’ features food stalls and live entertainment, with a flyer posted on Facebook showing that the second part of the two-day event kicked off at 6pm on Saturday.
Facebook photos posted just hours before the shooting show a tranquil scene, with dozens of people pictured enjoying the block party beneath leafy trees.
Police have not revealed whether they currently have any suspects in relation to the deadly incident, and are still on the hunt.
A heavy police presence was in place around Brownsville Park overnight
Brownsville Park was the site of the neighborhood’s annual community block park
At the time of the shooting, the area was teeming with people who were out celebrating ‘Brownsville Old Timers Week’
An NYPD officer is seen combing the crime scene for clues early on Sunday morning after the area was cordoned off to the public
Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted about the incident, describing it as ‘terrible shooting’
The ‘Brownsville Old Timers Week’ features food stalls and live entertainment, with a flyer posted on Facebook showing that the second part of the two-day event kicked off at 6pm on Saturday evening
Facebook photos posted just hours before the shooting show a tranquil scene, with dozens of people pictured enjoying the block party beneath leafy trees