CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Four people were killed and several others were injured when shots were fired at an illegal gambling site at a Brooklyn club Saturday morning, police said.
Authorities responded to a call of shots fired in the vicinity of the Triple A Aces private and social rental space on Utica Avenue near Michael Griffith Street in Crown Heights around 7 a.m., FDNY officials said.
Four men were found dead at the scene, authorities said. Three others were taken to the hospital in serious condition.
The men killed, all from Brooklyn, have been identified by the NYPD as Terence Bishop, 36; Chester Goode, 37; John Thomas, 32; and Dominick Wimbush, 47.
"We need to put the guns down," Eddie Baldwin, brother of victim Terence Bishop, told PIX11 News. "What was the reason?" the grief-stricken brother said in disbelief.
FDNY officials initially said there were nine people shot, but police later said an eighth person was injured while trying to flee the location.
The ages of all those shot range in age between 32 and 49 years old. All those shot were men, save for one wounded woman. At least two of the individuals shot were out-of-state residents. The remaining reside in different parts of Brooklyn.
According to police, illegal gambling was taking place on the first floor of the location. The gambling operation was unlicensed, but police had not previously received any complaints about the location, authorities said.
There appears to be evidence that a minimum of 15 shots were fired inside the venue. At least two firearms were recovered from the scene, officials said.
The motive for the shooting was not immediately disclosed. Police said the incident does not appear to be gang-related.
No one was immediately charged in the shooting, but police were questioning survivors and reviewing security camera footage.
"We have some individuals back at the 77th Precinct and we're trying to piece together exactly what transpired in that location," Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said at Saturday's news conference.
Following the shooting, local officials called for more action to combat the gun violence across the city. Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the incident on Twitter, saying the "epidemic of gun violence that spares no community" will not stop until guns are off streets. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams called for the city to double funding for Cure Violence programs, especially in areas heavily impacted by gun violence, including Crown Heights.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, the incident was the 337th mass shooting this year. GVA defines "mass shootings" as incidents in which four or more people are shot or killed, not including the shooter.
Editor's Note: The story has since been updated with the number of people injured.