2 dead, several injured after violence erupts at J’Ouvert celebration in Brooklyn

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Two people are dead and at least four others are injured as violence erupted along the bustling parade route during the J'Ouvert celebration in Brooklyn early Monday morning, despite a heightened police presence, PIX11 reported.

Police initially said five people had been shot, but later said four people were shot, one was stabbed and another was cut by flying glass during the annual West Indian Day heritage festivities.

The first shooting happened around 4 a.m. at Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights.

Police say a man in his 20s has died. A 73-year-old woman was also shot in the arm as she sat on a bench outside a Wendy's. She is expected to live, police sources say.

A 22-year-old woman was later killed when she was shot in the head at Washington Avenue and Empire Boulevard, police say. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Another man in his 20s was shot in the leg near Clarkson and Rogers avenues around 7 a.m., police say.

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