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6-year-old boy, four others shot during overnight celebration that turned violent

A 6-year-old boy and four other people were shot early Monday morning when gunfire rang out at an annual celebration in Brooklyn, after the official festivities had been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The New York Post reports that the boy was shot in the leg at an outdoor J’Ouvert celebration in Crown Heights at around 3 a.m. Monday. City officials had previously cancelled the usual West Indian Day events, including an annual parade, but revelers nonetheless gathered along the parade route for an unofficial procession that turned violent.

In addition the child victim, four adults were shot and are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report.

“A woman was walking around saying, ‘I’m shot in the foot, I’m shot in the foot.’ I was holding her foot. I was wondering where all this blood was coming from. It was really crazy,” witness Joshua Kristal told the New York Post.

Kristal also said that a woman believed to be the boy’s mother was at the scene of the shooting and rushed to help him.

“The boy, his mom was carrying him. You could see there was blood in his pants,” the witness told the newspaper. “She dropped him, I didn’t know what to do, then I saw tons of blood.”

According to the report, two people carrying guns were arrested at the scene, but it is unclear if either are suspects in the mass shooting.

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