CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Another deadly J'Ouvert parade has city officials considering their options. Could the annual overnight festivities that lead into the West Indian Day parade be cancelled?
Margaret Peters, 72, said she would support that. Peters was shot just before 4 a.m., Monday morning as she watched from a bench near Empire Boulevard and Flatbush Avenue.
A bullet went through her right hand and into her upper left arm.
"There was this noise. And people just were running. And then I was on the ground. And when I tried to get up, I realized I was bleeding from my hand," she said.
While Peters survived, two young people nearby did not. Tyreke Borel, 17, died from a gunshot would to the chest. Tiarah Poyah, 22, was shot in the head just about a block away. Police said none of the victims were the intended targets.
Later in the morning, a 20-year-old man was also shot. He is expected to survive.
"We never accept violence in our midst. Last night there was violence that was fundamentally unacceptable that we will continue to address more forcefully," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
This deadly violence comes just one year after an aide to Governor Cuomo was killed during the overnight celebration.
The city said it was prepared this year for a safe J'Ouvert. Police on the street were doubled. More than 200 light towers were put up. It was not enough.
When asked if the city would cancel J'Ouvert, Mayor de Blasio said he would consider it.
"Now we have to go back to the drawing board and figure out additional steps. Every idea will be on the table. Every option will be on the table," de Blasio said.
On Monday night, the NYPD said there were no arrests for the overnight shootings.