Two shot dead at Caribbean Carnival in New York

Two were shot dead at the event. Photo: David Torres
Two were shot dead early Monday morning. Photo: David Torres

Two people were shot dead on Monday in New York, at a carnival celebrating Caribbean culture in the hours before the city’s annual West Indian Day Parade.

The bloodshed came amid unprecedented precautions taken by police to ensure safety at an event routinely marred by violence and a year after an aide to the governor was killed by a stray bullet.

A male in his late teens or early 20s was shot in the chest at around 3:50 a.m. Monday in Brooklyn during J’ouvert, the New York Police Department said. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

A 66-year-old woman was shot in the hand and the arm at the same location and was taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said.


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  1. bigger
    September 6, 2016

    There were 400 arrest in England’s carnival and five stabbings not 20 killings as suggested by a blogger. You will never have this level of violence in England.

  2. Traveller
    September 6, 2016

    I am not making any excuses for the bad apples whop come in to spoil our Labor Day Festivities in Brooklyn, but I must say that the Islands and its people get a lot of “bad Press” and over stated events when ever they is something going on with us.
    Some of these criminal activities have nothing to do with the celebration it self or even West Indians, but because they are so quick to lambast us , any crime that happen in that area around this time is credited to West Indian Day Parade activities.
    There are many other cultural parades in NYC that have more violence that ours and we do not see it on the TV like ours.
    Those reporters are so quick to denounce anything foreign that our kind of people are having.
    So we too have to read between the lines and recognize the organized “Hate!”

    • Tell the Facts
      September 7, 2016

      They will. Expect that.
      As the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana) was coming to an end, there was a shooting not too far from where the crowd was. It was not related to Caribana.
      A Radio Station reported it and of course other Media. I overheard the woman on the Radio specifically asked more than once if it was related to this carnival. This led me to believe that she was pressing for this information, if it happened during the carnival, prior to it winding up, to report it and all Media would have made a big issue of it.
      Yes, this is the way they are. New York – USA, Canada and Great Britain. These Media are news-hungry and to give Caribbean people a bad name; also exaggerating about it. We know them too well.

  3. d-a born
    September 6, 2016

    People always get shot/killed at that parade, almost every year. I just go to parties during Labor Day weekend, never touch the parkway.

    September 6, 2016

    these types of articles where the Labor day festival is concerned makes very little sense. The festival is held in Brooklyn, People get shot every day in Brooklyn, to simple attribute the shooting or a death on that Day with the festival is shortsighted and quite foolish. I guarantee you that the very next day and the day after some one or some people dies or got arrested… the festival is help in Brooklyn, the area has crime.

    Furthermore if there were no death nor arrests what would you report?
    Based on this article it looks like you would not report anything about the festival if there was no crime whatsoever.

    FYI over 450 people were arrested and over 20 died in England during the Nottingham Carnival. TO compare that with 1 fatality and one wounded person in Brooklyn is ridiculous. Reporters especially Caribbean reporters really need to do some soul searching an stop being lazy about their reporting.

    You could have reported on the events the Dominican bands, costumes…

    • Ophelia Charles
      September 7, 2016

      Fyi. I live in London, England where did you get your info? 20 people dead at Carnival???? This is not true. No one fied this year. Secondly did you mean Nottinghill Carnival and not Nottingham?

  5. September 6, 2016

    N Y er…you’re are so right..One can’t say that where revelers are such confusion are…In America guns are everywhere. In church,schools,universities,sports arenas,movie theaters,on the beaches,everywhere on the streets,just name it and it’s there…It’s one of their rights,they call it…
    I call it a demon is in their midst…and it food is souls…and that’s what they are giving it…

    • Tell the Facts
      September 7, 2016

      It is getting somewhat scary in Toronto. A 61 year old grandmother who was visiting her family was sitting on the steps of the house. There was a group of people. Some gunmen shot her. It was stated she was not the intended target. The police is looking for the gunmen who ran away.
      A man was riding his bicycle in downtown Toronto near a residential area, someone shot him dead and, there are more such incidents.
      Nearly every night or every night there are stabbings and shootings. Some people are attacked on the subway and also when leaving it. Women and children are sexually assaulted when they leave the subway and are also nearing their home.
      We really have to pray to God for His divine protection. I do this all the time. God help us.
      The authorities still say Toronto is a safe place. They have been calling it Toronto the Good. I say,not anymore.
      I recall those days, if we heard a knock at our doors, we would open it. Not anymore to unexpected people.

  6. Tell the Facts
    September 5, 2016

    I remember that the governor’s aide was shot last year. He was minding his business and he got shot. I think a stray bullet shot him. I wondered about him. I spoke to a relative who resides in NY and inquired about him. I was told he died. The poor man. His wife was pregnant at that time.
    It is sad that this occurred and the young man lost his life. If he could have seen the future, he would have stayed home.
    I cannot understand that such people will go to a party or carnival celebrations with a gun. The fact that they carry one, they are out for trouble.
    I hope there were no incidents during the carnival.
    Gone are the days when I visited NY for Labor Day. If I decide to go there at that time, I will not go anywhere near the carnival band. In fact, I will not attend any party if I do not know the host/hostess. It would have to be a D/can one. These are definitely safer. I have attended D/can and BBQ’s in NY or the suburb. There were no incidents.

    • Tell the Facts
      September 5, 2016

      If I recall last year or the year before, a woman was shot at NY carnival. She was not even in the band at that time; caused by a stray bullet. This is enough to make some people stay away.

  7. nature
    September 5, 2016

    This used to be a peaceful event. These thugs are giving the Caribbean a bad name. Soon this event will be stopped.

  8. forreal
    September 5, 2016

    the news reporter must be having a field day of @syncronise and @ my mother child for their silly attempt to make his or her reporting unintelligent…a clear evident that some people do not read before they comment..the report states that a teen in his twenties was short and also a young woman age twenty two,were both shot and killed,,another incident states an ageable woman in her sixties was also shot but in in stable conditions..well sa

  9. koule wyyayi
    September 5, 2016

    I stop going to labor day parade now. I was going every year with friends and family. It has become too violent now. Most co workers asking me, “why are you working today, you always go in the parade.” All I do is smile. I wish there was not that stigma about the parade but, it is what it is.

  10. My mother child
    September 5, 2016

    2 shot dead = 1 teen/20s doed at the hospital + 1 66yr old lady in stable condition :lol:

      September 6, 2016

      I know they trying to stigmatize the event, that crime had nothing to do with the festival.

  11. September 5, 2016

    Lets be Real, a few bad apples will surely spoil the whole Bunch. Just cant defend that kind of madness. Thanks to the N.Y.C. P D. Glad i know no matter what measures are taken both here or back home, whenever those concern does not value their own life, sadly mine yours and others means nothing to them. How do we adress such subhuman behaviour? Lets die trying, but we cannot give in to such caloss dis regard for human life. The debate continues, some cannot and will never get it! All lives matters!!!! Cowards in my opinion doing such in the mist of thousand who has a right to live in peace and enjoy Peace and freedom. Glad i have seen better days, never again. We loosing our scense of purpose. God the only soulution.

    September 5, 2016

    where there is revelers for ungodliness, there will always be confusion.

    • NYer
      September 5, 2016

      And where many are gathered in his name and a mass shooter walks and take lives, you’ll say?

        September 6, 2016

        does not frequently happen unlike the violence that occur during every carnival in every country celebrating carnival around the world..


      September 6, 2016

      FYI… there are Christian bands in the carnival. Allu need to get educated about Caribbean history before allu start condemning your own self.
      Carnival is a historical event dating back to the time of slavery, it represents freedom of expression and freedom overall and was celebrated by slaves on their only day off.
      There are people that are extreme in their views and activities, that does not change the meaning nor the history of Carnival.

  13. syncronize
    September 5, 2016

    look a stupid report. the headline says two shot dead, the story says one shot dead and another short in the hand and in stable condition

    • me
      September 5, 2016

      It is better to be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Please read the WHOLE ARTICLE

      • Marguerite
        September 6, 2016

        Birds of a feather flock together. The three could’ve been mentioned in the abstract. Writing is not everyone’s cup of tea!

    • weypapa/mama
      September 5, 2016

      Yeah, they kill him dead and she ain\’t dead. She just unstable. :lol: :lol: The rest will get a shot of ashes on de 4head.

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