West Indian Day Parade marred by tragedy!

Police say a 26-year-old man was shot twice in the left leg in an incident at Troy Avenue and Eastern Parkway in he was taken to Brooklyn Hospital by FDNY EMS.Crown Heights just after 4 p.m.

Police say two suspects are now in custody.

The violence comes in the wake of the West Indian Day Parade's 40th Anniversary celebration this year.

In previous years, the event has been marred by tragedy. In 1999, two children died when they were pinned between floats, and hours later a man was run over by a float and killed. In 2005, a man was shot to death.

Last year, police had two reports of violence: a man shot in the leg and another person stabbed.

The Brooklyn parade follows a path down Eastern Parkway starting in the Crown Heights section. It is the final event in several days of festivities put together by the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association. It is one of the largest parades in the city, and it usually runs for several hours.

3 comments:

Adam said...

NYC EMS,
We should collaborate more - is there an email I can contact you at? If so, send it to nyemergencymedicine@gmail.com

Dr. Deb said...

It's sad that celebrations like this in our great city can't go off without a hitch.

yummymummy said...

The same thing happens in London for the Notting Hill Carnival. Why can't people just have fun without trying to kill each other?