One man was shot in the back during the early morning J’Ouvert festival in Crown Heights, while two women were also injured by gunfire in the hours before the start of the festival.
One man was reportedly shot in the back on Monday morning at 7:30am during the J’Ouvert festival, ahead of the West Indian American Day Parade, on Nostrand Avenue and Park Place, which is outside the official parade route.
Two additional women were shot on Sunday evening ahead of the event on Flatbush Avenue and Herkimer Street. One of the victims was stuck in the elbow, while another was grazed in the leg.
All the victims were taken to nearby hospitals and are expected to survive.
Last year organizers of the festival, working together with law enforcement and local elected officials, changed the start time of the event from 2:00am to 6:00am and added hundreds of light towers and additional police officers in an effort to curb the violence which was often synonymous with the event.
The changes seem to have paid off with significantly less violence and injuries reported this year, as well as the year before.