5 people shot at J'Ouvert party in Brooklyn; Man, teen arrested

It was a bloody start to Labor Day in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The NYPD said five people were shot in the area of Nostrand Avenue and Crown Street just before 3 a.m. They were at a cookout that was continuing overnight.

A 6-year-old boy was among the victims. Three men and a woman were also shot. All of the victims were expected to survive. The boy was released from the hospital on Monday night.

Police arrested two people on Monday; one is a 15-year-old. Charges are pending, police said.

Chief Terence Monahan tweeted that two guns were also recovered as part of the investigation.

The NYPD has a larger than normal police presence in Brooklyn due to violence that usually increases around the annual J'Ouvert festival and West Indian Day Parade.

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Both events were celebrated virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. That didn't stop a large number of people being on the streets late Sunday night.

These shootings are part of a disturbing trend in the city this summer. Shootings in New York City are up 166% and murders are up 47% compared to August 2019.  Shootings and murders have risen dramatically for months across the city.