Violence amid revelry at NY West Indian Day Parade
Dressed to take part in the festivities, Irene Aranda, foreground, and Patsy Miller wait for the start of the West Indian Day Parade Monday in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo)
The officer was hit Monday night in one of his arms and was hospitalized but was expected to survive.
At least three other people were hit in the shooting, said police, who didn't reveal further details. The fire department said a civilian died at the scene.
Witnesses said the shooting went on for at least 30 seconds. Area resident Thomas Kaminsky said it sounded like machine-gun fire outside his building.
The gunshots rang out in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn after the parade, which was marred by fatal shootings in 2003 and 2005. Post-parade parties are common, but police wouldn't say if the fatal shooting was related to them.
Earlier Monday, revelers had filled the streets in colorful costumes during the parade. But gun violence shocked the parade festivities to a stop in spots. Police said four people were shot and wounded during the parade along its route and a 15-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet nearby.
Police helicopters hovered overhead Monday during the parade, and officers on scooters and on foot patrolled the surrounding blocks.
The upcoming 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks plus a spate of holiday weekend violence have put the city "on heightened alert," police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said before the parade stepped off.
"We're doing a lot of things both seen and unseen," the commissioner said.
A City Council member was detained at the parade after getting into a confrontation with police.
Councilman Jumaane Williams, of Brooklyn, said he was put in handcuffs and was detained by officers after marching on the parkway. He called his detention "an easily avoidable incident involving a select number of police officers."
A spokesman for Williams said the councilman was taken into custody as he walked along a blocked-off sidewalk around 1:30 p.m. Monday. Spokesman Stefan Ringel said Williams had been given permission to walk along the street by a police official but was then stopped by other officers.
Williams was held for about 30 minutes before being released, Ringel said. No charges were filed, he said.
Williams was with an aide for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. The aide, Kirsten John Foy, also was handcuffed and detained, Williams said.
A video of their detention, distributed by the public advocate's office, shows Foy being thrown to the ground as he's taken into custody along the parade route. Police didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the video.
Bloodshed over the weekend included a Sunday shooting in the Bronx in which eight people, including children, were wounded. Four other people were shot, one fatally, in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn early Monday.
Kelly said some of the shootings were associated with the West Indian Day festivities.
"Frankly," he said, "this is something that does happen at this parade."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the problem is "too many guns on the streets of this city."