Two Shot Dead in Brooklyn J’ouvert Celebration

Four people were shot and two were killed early Monday morning at Brooklyn’s J’ouvert parade. The deceased victims were shot just 25 minutes apart in separate locations, despite increased NYPD patrols during the celebration. The event, a celebration of Caribbean culture, is held each year overnight before Labor Day, and is the precursor to the West Indian Day Parade later in the day. Last week, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton predicted the event would be “the safest in the history of both events.” In addition to the shootings, a woman was reportedly stabbed.