NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two gunmen opened fire Thursday afternoon on a crowded boardwalk in Brighton Beach, killing a teenage girl and wounding four other people, police said.
The shots were fired from the beach toward the boardwalk near Brighton 6th Street in what police said may have been a gang-related attack.
The girl who died was not immediately identified. She died at Coney Island Hospital, where a male 23-year-old victim is in critical condition. The other three victims, ages 21, 25 and 26, were taken to Lutheran Hospital.
The beach and the boardwalk were unusually packed with people because of Thursday’s hot weather.
All of the victims were shot in front of Tatiana’s, a popular outdoor restaurant. Police spokesman Paul Browne said the shooting occurred during an altercation on the beach. He did not know if the wounded were intended targets or bystanders. He described the situation as “chaotic.”
Browne said police were questioning some people, but declined to say whether they were potential suspects.
“It was ‘boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.’ Everyone knew it was gunshots and there was bodies on the boardwalk. It was crazy,” one witness told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria.
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After the shooting, people took off running for their lives in all directions. One man described it as a “wave” of people and said that was almost as frightening as the bullets.
No arrests were immediately made. The shooting remains under investigation.
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