New York Police Department officials said Monday that a woman was killed and six people were injured when at least two gunmen opened fire at a 16-year-old girl’s birthday party at a home in a Brooklyn neighborhood that has seen a surge in shootings this year.
The first shooting occurred at around 9 pm on Sunday outside of a Sweet 16 party being held inside a hall on Liberty Avenue in New York City.
Under current coronavirus restrictions, New York City businesses are able to host customers until 10pm with a 25 per cent capacity limit, while in private residences gatherings are limited to ten people. The police did not say if the party breached any Covid-19 restrictions.
A 17-year-old boy attending the party was shot in the leg during the incident, NYPD deputy chief Michael Kemper said during a news conference on Monday morning.
The 17-year-old was taken to hospital and is expected to recover. Mr Kemper said that it is currently unknown what prompted the shooting.
After the first shooting took place, the police responded to the scene and dispersed the large crowd at the party, according to the Associated Press.
However, some of the guests then moved the gathering down the street to an apartment building in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, where the second shooting took place at around 11:15 pm.
During the incident, five people between the ages of 14 to 19 were wounded, while a 20-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital, but pronounced dead later that night, according to media reports.