NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are still hunting for suspects after a wild and deadly shooting at the Brighton Beach boardwalk Thursday evening.
The incident began at around 5:20 p.m. Police say one person approached a group of five sitting on a bench and opened fire. The five victims were sitting in front of Tatiana’s, a popular restaurant.
Tysha Jones, 16, was killed. Four other victims, young men in their twenties, were also shot. One of them – a 23-year-old – was hit in the torso and is in critical condition.
Jones was described as “very outgoing” and “fun-loving” by family friend Audrey Johnson.
“You’re never expecting nothing to happen at no beach — somebody pulling out guns, nothing but kids and everybody out there having fun. I never thought that,” the victim’s mother, Cynthia, said.
“My baby’s not here no more because somebody put a gun in their hand and thought they was in the Wild Wild West,” Kevin Wilson, Jones’ father, said.
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Pandemonium broke out during the shooting, say witnesses. The beach near Brighton 6th Street was packed at the time of the shooting due to scorching weather.
“It turned into rapid fire, and people were screaming, running in every direction, with nowhere to go,” witness Michael Tracy said.
Apparently the incident started as an argument.
“There was a whole crowd, and they was arguing,” said witness Jose Reyes. “He just started shooting. It was about four or five shots.”
The aftermath of the incident was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube.
Video: Aftermath of Brighton Beach shooting
So far, police have made no arrests. They say the investigation is ongoing.