NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Revelry, cultural pride and newly tightened security mixed Monday at one of the largest U.S. celebrations of Caribbean communities, as the city tried to ensure safety at an event that has been marred by nearby violence. But some still happened.
One man was shot and another stabbed near the Caribbean Carnival parade route Monday evening, police said. Still, officials noted, an early morning pre-parade celebration unfolded safely after its start time was moved to try to avoid trouble.
Police say the shooting occurred at 672 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, Brooklyn around 4:45 p.m.
Officials say the victim was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County and is expected to survive.
A 20-year-old man was stabbed in the abdomen about an hour and a half later, police said. His condition wasn’t immediately available.
It’s not immediately clear whether those involved in both incidents were participating in Monday’s festivities.
No arrests have been made and the investigations are ongoing.
There had been talk of canceling this year’s party because of past violence. Instead, officials tightened security and moved the starting time for the pre-parade J’ouvert celebration from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., and police officers patted down revelers, vendors and residents hours before that. Spectators had to go through metal detectors, and thousands of additional officers were on patrol and were policing party areas outside the barriers.
Some people complained of long delays getting past checkpoints and of the change in tone that came with the bigger police presence.
As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, this year’s event had been peaceful overall, with hundreds of thousands of people celebrating Caribbean heritage.
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