NEW YORK (AP) -- Two people were killed and 11 others wounded in three overnight shootings in New York City, including nine people hurt when gunfire broke out at a backyard party in Brooklyn, police said Sunday.
The gunfire at the party in the East New York section of Brooklyn started around 2:15 a.m., after a dispute, police said. Nine people were shot -- six women and three men, most with wounds to their legs. Police said the injuries weren't life-threatening. Four other people sustained cuts and bruises from the disturbance.
A neighbor told the Daily News he saw bodies on the ground. "Everybody was laying down `til the shooting stopped, and then they got up and scattered," said Faylo Alston. "They looked afraid for their lives."
The first shooting of the three shootings was at a playground in the Bronx around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers responding to a 911 call found three people with gunshot wounds. A 20-year-old man had been shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Christian Garcia, of the Bronx.
A 25-year-old man had been shot in the leg, and a 17-year-old girl had been shot in the buttocks. They were both hospitalized in stable condition.
Authorities said a man was also killed in another Brooklyn shooting that happened about the same time opposite the Whitman Houses in the Fort Greene section. The 46-year-old man was shot multiple times. No identification has been released.
Investigations into all three shootings are ongoing. No arrests have been made.
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