The Asian Age


Bad weather shuts down con­certs, de­lays US flights Shoot­ings near NYC West In­dian pa­rade route


New York: Se­vere thun­der­storms across the US North­east on Sun­day slowed op­er­a­tions at air­ports, wreaked havoc at out­door sport­ing and mu­si­cal events and sent peo­ple scur­ry­ing from a beach after three men were struck by light­ning. The men were in­jured at Or­chard Beach on Pel­ham Bay in the Bronx on Sun­day evening as bad storms rolled through the area, the Fire Depart­ment of New York said.

The men were be­ing treated at a hos­pi­tal, and the ex­tent of their in­juries was un­known. Tor­ren­tial rain­in­ter­rupted ma­jor events in Philadel­phia. New York: Hours be­fore the West In­dian Day Pa­rade stepped off on Mon­day, the po­lice re­ported mul­ti­ple shoot­ings, one of them deadly, near the route for the po­lit­i­cal see- and- be- seen event, which has been scarred by vi­o­lence in re­cent years. The po­lice said they were tak­ing steps to en­sure the pa­rade re­mains safe this year, in­clud­ing keep­ing tabs on any gang ac­tiv­ity.

A 55- year- old man was shot to death at 3: 30 am in Brook­lyn’s Crown Heights, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice. A sus­pect was in cus­tody; charges were pend­ing.

It was one of sev­eral shoot­ings re­ported in the vicin­ity be­fore the 11 am pa­rade start, the po­lice said. They are still gath­er­ing de­tails on the oth­ers. Last year, two peo­ple were fa­tally stabbed at the pa­rade, and a man was shot to death in 2011.

The pa­rade cel­e­brates Caribbean cul­ture and echoes tra­di­tional pre- Len­ten Car­ni­val fes­tiv­i­ties, with dancers wear­ing elab­o­rate, feath­ered cos­tumes. The event also pro­vides one of the last big stages be­fore New York’s Sept. 9 pri­mary elec­tions.

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