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MAY­HEM HITS Gun at­tack at B’klyn event hall

7 shot, 1 dead, in re­venge for ear­lier

- BY ELLEN MOYNI­HAN, BRIT­TANY KRIEGSTEIN, ROCCO PARASCANDO­LA AND LEONARD GREENE With Jonathan Sara­bia Crime · Incidents · Brooklyn · Bedford-Stuyvesant · Bedford–Stuyvesant · Woodhull, New York · NYU Langone Medical Center · Maimonides Medical Center · New York · New York Police Department · Eric Adams

A wo­man was fa­tally shot at a “sweet 16” af­ter­party when gun­men burst into a Brook­lyn apart­ment build­ing and opened fire to avenge an ear­lier shoot­ing at the main event, po­lice said Mon­day.

Gun­fire erupted in­side the Bed­ford-Stuyvesant apart­ment build­ing where the smaller bash was be­ing held about 11:15 p.m. Sun­day.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived at the event on Al­bany Ave. near Ful­ton St. they found a scene of car­nage — and a bal­lis­tics trail that led from out­side the build­ing to the lobby to the third­floor apart­ment where the party was be­ing held.

“It was like 11 to 12 shots,” said Fred Waller, 52, who lives in the build­ing. “I looked out the win­dow and there was a young dude on the steps. He was like, ‘I’m hit, I’m hit.’ ”

Waller said he went down­stairs and tried to get the rest of the crowd away from the build­ing and checked on the vic­tim bleed­ingng on the build­ing’s front steps.

“I was talk­ing to him, try­ing to keep him calm,” Waller said. “It was a lit­tle hole in his chest, a lit­tle one, and a lit­tle one in his arm.”

Waller said he stayed with the young man un­til an am­bu­lance ar­rived.

“It’s just a sad sit­u­a­tion, it’s out off hand,” said Waller. “It was chaos.”

A 20-year-old wo­man struck in thee but­tocks got to Wood­hull Hospi­tall by pri­vate means and died there att 12:36 a.m. Mon­day. Her name was nott im­me­di­ately re­leased.

One of the other vic­tims, a 16-year-old boy shot in the up­per body, is inn crit­i­cal con­di­tion at Kings Coun­tyy Hos­pi­tal.

The oth­ers wounded in­clude a 19-year-old man shot in the up­perr body; a man and wo­man, both 18; and a boy, 15, all hit in the leg; and a 14-year-old girl struck in the but­tocks.

They were taken to Kings County, Brook­dale Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal and Mai­monides Med­i­cal Cen­ter and were all in sta­ble con­di­tion.

The party had moved from its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion, a hall on Lib­erty Ave. in East New York, to the apart­ment build­ing, cops said.

The spark for the at­tack ap­pears to have been a shoot­ing where a teen was hit in the leg af­ter rev­el­ers left the hall at the first party.

NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kem­per, head of de­tec­tives of north Brook­lyn, said po­lice were called to the hall at 7:53 p.m. Sun­day af­ter get­ting 911 calls about a large crowd.

Of­fi­cers dis­persed the group, though it wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear if the party was com­pletely shut down at that point.

Then, just past 9 p.m., the 17-year-old was shot about a block away, at Lib­erty Ave. and Crys­tal St.

“We be­lieve the male was present at the sweet 16 party,” Kem­per said.

The teen was hos­pi­tal­ized in sta­ble con­di­tion.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear if the dead wo­man or any of the oth­ers shot in Bed­ford-Stuyvesant were in­tended tar­gets or if they had all been at the party or were struck else­where in the apart­ment build­ing.

With shoot­ings up more than 90% this year com­pared with 2019, NYPD Deputy Chief Ju­dith Har­ri­son called the lat­est in­ci­dent “ab­so­lutely ter­ri­ble.”

“We’re very con­cerned about the uptick in vi­o­lence,” said Har­ri­son, the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer for north Brook­lyn. “We’re very con­cerned about get­ting that un­der con­trol.”

Mur­ders city­wide are up 37%, said of­fi­cials who noted that there have been 416 this year, com­pared with 304 this time last year. Cops said that more than 1,700 peo­ple have been shot this year, more than dou­ble the num­ber of peo­ple shot in the city last year.

Res­i­dents said they are fed up with the vi­o­lence.

“We had an in­ci­dent the be­gin­ning of the sum­mer where the [NYPD] in­spec­tor put out a pa­trol car that stayed here from July into the mid­dle of Oc­to­ber,” said Shar­ronie Perry, 66, a com­mu­nity ac­tivist who has lived on the block for 23 years. “We thought things had died down, so that ser­vice wasn’t needed any­more.”

Her 24-year-old nephew was in the build­ing when the shoot­ing hap­pened but not at the party. He was vis­it­ing a friend in another apart­ment.

“He’s shell-shocked right now,” Perry said “They were play­ing games, and as he was leav­ing that’s when the shots rang out and he ran back in his friend’s apart­ment. And when he didn’t hear any more shots, he went to run out to go across the street to go home and he said he had to jump over bod­ies to get out.”

Par­ty­go­ers in the hall­way were des­per­ately seek­ing shel­ter in neigh­bors’ apart­ments.

“He said they were bang­ing on doors, ‘Please let me in, please let me in,’ ” Perry said. “Young peo­ple were just shaken. They’re 14 to 20 years old. They’re ba­bies.”

Perry said a lot of se­nior

cit­i­zens in fright­ened.

“We have to put an end to this,” Perry said. “How many par­ents are go­ing to have to suf­fer? I’m tired of look­ing at memo­ri­als with teddy bears and flow­ers and can­dles burn­ing. I’m tired of that.”

Brook­lyn Bor­ough Pres­i­dent Eric Adams said such car­nage should be con­sid­ered a mass shoot­ing, and come with the re­sources ac­com­pa­nied by such a des­ig­na­tion.

“A sweet 16 should not end with bit­ter vi­o­lence of seven peo­ple be­ing shot,” said Adams, the build­ing are who last week an­nounced his run for mayor. “If in fact we don’t call this a mass shoot­ing, it’s stat­ing that we’ve nor­mal­ized vi­o­lence in our com­mu­nity, and that’s un­ac­cept­able.”

Adams, a for­mer NYPD cap­tain, said there is work to be done at the Po­lice De­part­ment and on the street.

“We must go to the source to stop the flow of guns into the com­mu­nity,” Adams said. “We have to have a bet­ter real-time re­sponse to re­ally delve into some of the beef that’s stem­ming from these par­ties and these ini­tial shoot­ings. Re­tal­ia­tory shoot­ings is a prob­lem that we must re­solve in a real way.”

“The fact of the mat­ter is, our young peo­ple, and our se­niors are not safe in the com­mu­nity,” said Coun­cil­man Robert Corn­egy, who rep­re­sents the area. “That’s crazy.”

Corn­egy made a plea more com­mu­nity re­sources.

“We know for a fact that there were mem­bers of these gangs that want out and just don’t know how to get out,” Corn­egy said. “They don’t know what re­sources are avail­able to them.” for

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 ??  ?? Com­mu­nity ac­tivist Sharon­nie Perry (above) said of the sweet 16 party vi­o­lence that the “young peo­ple were just shaken. They’re 14 to 20 years old. They’re ba­bies.” Main photo, po­lice in­ves­ti­gate and mark shell cas­ings (in­set) at scene of the deadly shoot­ing in build­ing on Al­bany Ave. in Bed­fordS­tuyvesant on Sun­day.
Com­mu­nity ac­tivist Sharon­nie Perry (above) said of the sweet 16 party vi­o­lence that the “young peo­ple were just shaken. They’re 14 to 20 years old. They’re ba­bies.” Main photo, po­lice in­ves­ti­gate and mark shell cas­ings (in­set) at scene of the deadly shoot­ing in build­ing on Al­bany Ave. in Bed­fordS­tuyvesant on Sun­day.

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