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Man shot in ear blocks away from fatal J’Ouvert shootings

FLATBUSH, Brooklyn — A 24-year-old man was shot just blocks away from the fatal J’Ouvert shootings late Monday night, police said.

Kiseem Alexander, a Brooklyn resident, was fired at twice near Woodruff Avenue and East 21st Street around 10 p.m., police said. One of the shots grazed his ear. He was transported to Kings County Hospital in stable condition. No arrests have been made.

Alexander was one of five people shot in the area on Monday. Brooklyn residents Tyreke Borel, 17, and Tiarah Poyau, 22, were fatally shot early Monday. Margaret Peters, 72, and a man in his 20s were also injured in shootings. About 250,000 people were out in the area for J’Ouvert celebrations and the West-Indian Day Parade.

Mayor de Blasio said the city will find a way to bring violence at the parade under control. The number of police officers at the parade was doubled following last year’s violent parade, but this year’s shootings made it clear the city has more to do, de Blasio said.

“We are fundamentally angry and focused on those who undermined the safety of the many,” de Blasio said Monday.