NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Four men were killed and three other people were wounded when gunfire erupted at an illegal gambling club in Brooklyn early Saturday morning, police said.
The three people wounded—two men and a woman—were taken to area hospitals and are expected to survive. The ages of those shot range from 32 to 49. An eighth person was injured running from the scene, police said.
At a press conference Saturday morning, NYPD Chief Dermot Shea said the victims have not been identified but at least two of them are believed to be from out of state, while the rest are believed to be from Brooklyn.
Shots rang out around 7 a.m. on the first floor of 74 Utica Ave. in Crown Heights, police said. The location is just a few blocks from the 77 precinct stationhouse.
At least 15 people were inside the illegal gambling den at the time of shooting in what Shea described as a “chaotic scene.”
At least 15 shots were fired and so far two guns—a 9mm handgun and a revolver—have been recovered. Shea said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if more guns were found.
The officers who responded had just made a gun arrest nearby and raced to the shooting scene.
Shea said the location was “sparsely decorated” and had evidence of illegal gambling, including cards and dice. He said there was no evidence of alcohol consumption.
There was a heavy police presence on Utica Avenue Saturday morning as local and federal investigators combed the area for clues.
Several witnesses were being interviewed at the 77 precinct stationhouse.
Police have not announced any arrests in connection with the shooting.
Mayor de Blasio reacted to the shooting on Twitter Saturday.
"Our city awoke to senseless gun violence in Crown Heights that led to four killed and at least three others shot," the mayor wrote. "No two mass shootings are the same, but all of them jar a community’s sense of safety."
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams also responded.
"Early this morning, many of us woke up to news of another mass shooting in Crown Heights, the second in the neighborhood the span of a few months and the third since the summer, when the Old Timers’ Day shooting in Brownsville made national headlines," Adams said in a statement. "While we are waiting for all the facts to come in, one thing is clear: We need new tools to combat the surge in gun violence we are seeing in certain precincts across the city, including the 77th."
In a statement, New York Attorney General Letitia James said: "Once again, senseless gun violence in our communities has claimed the lives of several individuals. The shooting this morning in Crown Heights is deeply upsetting, and we hope that those injured will make full and speedy recoveries."