BROOKLYN, NY (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating a triple shooting in Brooklyn that left two people dead.
The shooting happened just after 5am Sunday as gunfire erupted on Avenue W in Sheepshead Bay, according to police. Three people were hit and two of the victims, a man and woman, were killed.
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Family members identified the victims as 22-year-old Crystal Sweet, her boyfriend Timothy Walters and his brother, Cornelius Walters.
Those who knew Sweet said she doted on her five-year-old daughter, Lydia, and loved her job as a home health aide, hoping to one day focus on working with disabled children.
That dream was shattered by gunfire in the courtyard of the Sheepshead Houses. Sweet spent a night out with her boyfriend, 29-year-old Timothy Walter. They were confronted by the gunman as they returned home, and they were both gunned down.
Witnesses described the shooting as a barrage of gunshots. Relatives rushed to the scene, including Sweet’s mother and father, Josephine and Ricardo Rodriguez.
“We heard like six or seven shots and then the screaming, they were screaming, ‘Crystal is dead, Crystal is dead,” said Josephine. “I never thought this day would happen. I never really thought this would happen.”
“She was a funny child,” said Ricardo. “She was loved by everyone.”
“It was hard for me when they took her body, they had to pull me because I wanted to run and just say ‘Crystal, I’m there for you,'” Josephine told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin. “I couldn’t even hold her, I couldn’t even say goodbye, I couldn’t say, ‘I love you.’”
Sweet and Timothy Walters both died at the scene. Cornelius Walters was taken to Kings County Hospital in critical condition. Sweet leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter.
No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.