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West Indian Day Parade steps off amid shootings

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Huge crowds joined in on a fun and cheerful atmosphere at the West Indian Day Parade on Monday in Brooklyn. However, several shootings near the parade turned it into a day of tragedy for some.

A man was shot and killed and four others were wounded in shootings near the West Indian Day Parade route just hours before the famous event started.

The NYPD says a 26-year-old man shot three people on Empire Boulevard early Monday morning killing a 55-year-old man and wounding the others. The shooter has been arrested.

A 22-year-old man was shot in the foot on McKeever place near the parade route at around 4:30 a.m, while a 28-year-old woman was shot in the buttocks on Utica avenue, a few blocks from the start of the parade route around the same time. No arrests have been made in either of those shootings.

Last year, two people were fatally stabbed at the parade.

In 2011, a man was shot to death along the route.

The 47th annual parade down Eastern parkway is the culmination of five days celebrating West Indian culture and history.

The NYPD band led off the parade through Crown Heights to downtown Brooklyn with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton himself up front.

Then it was politician after politician from Governor Cuomo to city council and assembly candidates. Mayor de Blasio and his wife and children were also in attendance.

The parade drew over a million people.




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