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Police Searching For Suspect Who Opened Fire At East Flatbush House Party

Four Men Were Struck, All Expected To Survive

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Four people remained hospitalized after being shot at a house party in East Flatbush early Sunday morning.

As CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported, shots rang out as the gathering was wrapping up around 1:30 a.m.

An altercation inside the party spilled out onto the sidewalk along East 48th Street and Church Avenue, Burrell reported.

“That’s scary because I can walk in the street and I can be caught in the crossfire,” resident Eric Phipps told Burrell.

People who live on the block said shootings have become a common occurrence.

“Since I lived here, there’s been shootings every year,” one man told Burrell.

“Not surprised, no surprise at all,” said another resident.

In late June, there was a similar incident just a few blocks away.

In that incident, a man opening fire during a large party, striking nine people.

A suspect was recently arrested.

The frequency of party violence has prompted City Councilman Jumaane Williams to propose legislation that would require party hosts of gatherings of more than 40 to register their events with their community board and local precinct.

“All we said is that you would have to just inform the precinct and inform the community board. You wouldn’t have to ask for approval, you wouldn’t have to ask for permission,” Williams said.

Detectives were still on the scene Sunday morning looking for clues

The victims are all in their early 20s and are expected to survive.

Police have not named any suspects in the shooting and no arrests have been made.

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