CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — The pre-celebration for the West Indian Parade took a violent turn early Monday when two separate incidents occurred, leaving one dead and two others in the hospital.
One man was stabbed and another shot about 2 a.m between Plaza Street East and Eastern Parkway, according to the NYPD.
A 24-year-old man died after being stabbed multiple times. The other man who was shot is in stable condition at New York Methodist Hospital.
There has been no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.
The second incident occurred about 3:40 a.m. when a 43-year-old man was shot in the head at Bedford Avenue and Sullivan Street, according to the NYPD.
A large dispute broke out in a crowd when the shooting happened. That victim was identified by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Carey Gabay, a staffer in Cuomo's administration. Gabay was hospitalized in critical condition.
The J'Ouvert Celebration kicks off the West Indian Parade that will start at 11 a.m. Monday. The pre-celebration starts from 2 a.m. and lasts until about 6 a.m. The celebration is often noted for the violence that occurs. Last year, three people were shot near the parade route, one fatally.