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Shootings repeatedly rocked the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn on Labor Day, even while Mayor Michael Bloomberg marched nearby. The New York City’s terrifying epidemic of shootings over the Labor Day weekend grew steadily worse.

The toll of the Labor Day Parade violence includes seven deaths among the 49 gunshot victims. The gunfire seemed to follow the revelers everywhere, from the parade route to nearby fast-food joints and even to their own homes.

The toll of the Brooklyn Labor Day Parade violence includes seven deaths among the 49 gunshot victims (NY Post photo)

The toll of the Brooklyn Labor Day Parade violence includes seven deaths among the 49 gunshot victims


Nine of the shooting victims were hit at or near the area of Brooklyn Labor Day Parade, the annual Caribbean-themed festival in Crown Heights, where a gunman had fired into the air only blocks from where Mayor Bloomberg had just begun marching.

“[The gunman] shouted something, then ‘boom!’ Everyone ducked,” said a witness, Marlene Anthony, adding that the young thug was standing at Rockaway Parkway and Clarkson Avenue – just blocks from the parade staging area.

“It was a bad mix of alcohol, ignorance and a fool with a gun who tries to ruin the fun of the parade.”

According to authorities, the gunman, Devon Stevens, 25, jumped into a livery cab, but went only a couple blocks before hopping out on East 94th Street at Winthrop Street, where he ditched the gun as cops gave chase.

“I was out here sweeping and listening to music when I saw the police grab up this young man on the hood of this car,” said an elderly resident on East 94th Street.

“There were so many police chasing him.”

Police officers have pepper-sprayed on the gunman, Devon Stevens.

Few hours after the Brooklyn Labor Day Parade ended, an elderly woman was killed in the crossfire of a melee between police and a gunman.

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Brooklyn Labor Day Parade had gotten off to a rocky start at 6 a.m., when a nearby McDonald’s, packed with 100 early risers prepping for the festivities, was the site of a senseless shooting.

Kenneth Beggs, 44, bumped into a man entering the Empire Boulevard Mc Donald’s and apologized, but Anthony Carruthers, 28, allegedly refused to let the incident go and pumped bullets into Beggs’ legs.

“The bullet shattered the door, so everyone ran out the other door,” said one McDonald’s cook.

After parade ended, one reveler was shot in front of a crowd on Eastern Parkway.

A group of 6-7 men had pummeled the victim on the ground and then an attacker pulled out a handgun and shot him in the leg. He also grabbed a pot of steaming rice from a food vendor and tossed it onto an onlooker.

Police tackled the gunman. His victim is expected to survive.

According to police the number of people who took a bullet in the past week had skyrocketed.

“For the week ending Sunday, a whopping 98 people had been shot, nearly twice the 53 shot during the same week last year,” the NYPD said.

“Those injured last week were involved in 72 incidents, compared to 40 shoot-ups in the same week in 2010,” Police Department said.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that although the number of shootings so far this year is fewer when compared to a decade ago, the spree of gunfire over the weekend is “obviously . . . cause for concern.

“We’re doing everything we can do,” added Ray Kelly, who cited the NYPD’s shifting of resources to target guns on the streets, including boosting overtime.

“Some of the shootings were clearly associated with the parade,” Commissioner Kelly said.

“Quite frankly, this is something that does happen with this parade.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said:

“It was a bad weekend, no question about that . . . There’s just too many guns on the streets of this city. It’s a national problem . . . because it’s so easy to buy guns in other states, and just drive them in and sell them in the back of your car.”

In all, at least 16 people were hit by bullets on Monday, 15 of them in Brooklyn.

There was an exception, a 33-year-old man, who was shot twice in the torso and once in the left arm at 11:48 a.m. in front of the St. Nicholas Houses in Harlem.

Officers also nabbed a suspect on Monday in another case, in which eight people were shot in The Bronx.

A man and a rival are suspected of engaging in a shootout that wounded the victims, including 11-year-old Shaquan Walters, at a house party early Sunday.

One of the gunmen, Phillip Muir, 21, from Wilson Avenue in The Bronx, was caught at 2:15 a.m. by the NYPD during a car stop in Mount Vernon, in Westchester, with the assistance of police there.

The other gunman, Oneil DaSilva, 17, from Mount Vernon, remains at large.

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Brooklyn Labor Day Parade 2011: 7 deaths among 49 gunshot victims at West Indian Carnival.


During the Labor Day weekend in New York the number of shot people has risen to 43, after violence started at the annual West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

In the 24 hours, from Saturday 6 a.m. to Sunday 6 a.m., 24 people were shot, the victims were shot during 15 separate incidents, and so far no arrests have been made.

The latest shooting, left a police officer wounded and a civilian dead just a few blocks off the route where revelers had earlier filled the streets in colorful costumes.

During the Labor Day weekend in New York the number of shot people has risen to 43, after violence started at the 2011 West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn

During the Labor Day weekend in New York the number of shot people has risen to 43, after violence started at the 2011 West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn

The police officer was hit in the arm and hospitalized but expected to recover, the civilian died at the scene and at least two others were wounded.

According to police, earlier in the day four people were shot and wounded during the parade along its route. A 15-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet nearby.

Charles Walters, 53 – who’s 11-year-old son was one of the victims on Sunday – to the New York Daily News:

“These people come with guns and shoot at anyone.

“They don’t care if there are children around.”

Shaquan Walters, his son, was the youngest of eight shot in the early hours of Sunday as he partied in his Bronx back yard.

At the same event, a 14-year-old girl was hit in the back, while a 13-year-old girl was hit in the left thigh during the 3:39 a.m. shooting.

In the Williamsbridge shooting, there were five young men wounded, aged 17, 18, 19, 21 and 24.

According to police, Oneil Dasilva, 17 could be the suspect in connection with the incident.

After Brooklyn violence at the Labor Day Parade, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called on politicians in Washington to enact stricter gun laws.

Speaking at the Christian Cultural Centre in Brooklyn yesterday Mayor Bloomberg said:

“It is just unconscionable.We cannot tolerate it.

“There are just too many guns on the streets and we have to do something about it.

“We need the federal government to step up. Both ends of Pennsylvania Ave., both sides of the aisle.”

Michael Bloomberg is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and has rallied Washington for tighter gun laws in the past.

Bloomberg added:

“We cannot continue to have these guns in the hands of kids who don’t understand the value of life.”

The Labor Day weekend’s shootings began at around 6 a.m. on Saturday when a 35-year-old woman was wounded in Brooklyn.

Monday at 2 a.m., a 30-year-old died from bullet wounds to the head and back in Flatbush.

From 2:12 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Sunday five men were shot in three separate incidents.

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