Disturbing video captured the moment a six-year-old boy was scooped up off the pavement by his mother after they were both shot during a pre-dawn J’Ouvert celebration in Brooklyn.
The mother and son were among the five people who were wounded by gunfire when shots rang out at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Crown Street in Crown Heights just before 3am Monday.
The shooting came as New York City continues to see a dramatic spike in violence with at least 10 people shot over the course of Labor Day weekend.
In the video, obtained by DailyMail.com, some of the 300 people who gathered for a pre-dawn procession celebrating the Caribbean J’Ouvert festival are heard screaming in terror and fleeing after the gun went off.
The boy is seen lying on the pavement in a pool of his own blood as a woman, identified as his mother, rushes over and tries to pick him up.
A few feet away from the boy, a man is seen collapsed on the ground after he was also apparently struck by gunfire.
Disturbing video captured the moment a six-year-old boy was scooped up off the pavement by his mother after they were both shot alongside three other people during a pre-dawn J’Ouvert celebration in Brooklyn on Monday morning
A few feet away from the boy, a man is seen collapsed on the ground after he was also apparently struck by gunfire
Police sources told the New York Post that the boy, identified as Maxwell Cesc-Vinho, was shot in the left leg while his mother Patricia Bratwaith, 47, and a man named Flavian Yves, 40, were struck in the left foot.
The sources identified the other two victims as Bob Charlotin, 46, and Kelly Barthold, 34, and said they were both shot in the right leg.
All five victims were transported to Kings County Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries.
NYPD officers arrested two men at the scene who were both carrying guns, but police have not confirmed whether either was the shooter.
Detectives are still working to determine the motive for the shooting. It’s unclear whether any of those shot were targeted on purpose.
The NYPD’s Chief of Department Terence Monahan tweeted about the incident and condemned the ‘senseless violence’.
‘It was really crazy – everyone was in shock,’ Joshua Kristal, who was in the procession when the shooting occurred, told the Post.
‘The boy, his mom was carrying him. You could see there was blood in his pants.
‘She dropped him, I didn’t know what to do, then I saw tons of blood.’
First responders are seen rushing one of the victims into an ambulance
Police arrested two men at the scene who were carrying guns. It is unclear whether either is suspected of carrying out the shooting
Kristal said he ran over to help another woman who was shot in the foot and held pressure on her wound until medics arrived.
‘A woman was walking around saying: “I’m shot in the foot, I’m shot in the foot,”‘ he recalled.
‘I was holding her foot. I was wondering where all this blood was coming from. It was really crazy.’
Video obtained by ABC7 showed first responders carting people into ambulances soon after the shooting took place – as well as crowds gathered for the march.
About 300 people had congregated in Crown Heights for a pre-dawn processional
Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled the official J’Ouvert celebration and the West Indian Day parade, which also would have been held on Monday, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But many people got up early to recognize J’Ouvert – a pre-dawn party that signifies the launch of Carnival in Caribbean nations – before daybreak on Monday anyway.
De Blasio had warned last week that the NYPD would break up any Labor Day gatherings that flouted his ban.
Hours after the shooting, a heavily police presence was stationed on Eastern Parkway, the traditional site of the West Indian Day parade.
The West Indian American Day Carnival Association is still planning to hold its 53rd annual celebration, but will be doing so virtually.
Brooklyn’s J’Ouvert festivities have been marred by violence in past years.
In 2016, 22-year-old grad student Tiarah Poyau was shot dead through her eye by Reginald Moise, 20, after she asked him to stop grinding on her at the festival.
In 2017, four people were stabbed and one was shot during the revelry.
New York City has seen a troubling spike in crime and violence this over the course of this summer.
Last week police revealed new data showing there were 242 shootings recorded in August, compared with just 91 in the same month last year.
At least 10 people have been shot over Labor Day weekend alone – including the five in the J’Ouvert incident and a 62-year-old man who was shot and killed a few hours later in Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge neighborhood.
Police said the man was gunned down at about 6.50am while walking his dog on 74th Street near Seventh Avenue.
The man was struck in the head and shoulders and was rushed to NYU Langone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police have not made any arrests in that shooting and are working to determine whether it was random or targeted.
The motive of the shooting, and the whereabouts of the man’s dog, remain unclear.