At least one person is dead as TWELVE people – including a child – are shot in a hail of gunfire at a Brooklyn playground
- Twelve people were shot on a playground in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn late Saturday night
- At least one person has died from their injuries, according to police sources
- A child is reported to be among those injured in the mass shooting
- The shooting came as the park was crowded with people for a community event which attracted hundreds of attendees
A 38-year-old man has died following a mass shooting at a park in New York City.
11 other people – including a child – were injured as a hail of gunfire erupted at Brownsville Playground in Brooklyn at around 11pm on Saturday night.
The areas was teeming with locals who were out celebrating ‘Old Timers Week’ – an annual community block party in its 56th year.
A single shooter – still at large – is believed to be responsible for the tragedy, according to The New York Post.
Following the incident, scores of police and EMS response teams descended upon the area before victims were rushed to nearby hospitals.
Detectives were seen pacing the area, with one abandoned firearm found among discarded cups and bottles that littered the ground following the festival.
12 people were shot at Brownsville Playground in Brooklyn on Saturday night following after a gunmen opened fire on patrons celebrating at an annual community block party
Scores of police and EMS response teams descended upon the area in the wake of the mass shooting
Several victims were seen being stretchered off to hospital to be treated for their injuries
A 38-year-old man died after sustaining gunshot wounds in the shooting, according to police sources
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 evening.
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’
Detectives were seen pacing the area, with one abandoned firearm found among discarded cups and bottles that littered the ground following the festival
An NYPD officer is seen combing the crime scene for clues early on Sunday morning after the area was cordoned off to the public
A heavy police presence was in place around Brownsville Park overnight
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