NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, October 26, 2015, 10:41 PM
NYPD personnel at the scene of a shooting in front of an Applebees restaurant located at Flatbush Avenue Extension and Dekalb Avenue.
Shots rang out during a Downtown Brooklyn melee Monday, leaving a 17-year-old boy dead and an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the ankle, authorities said.
The gunplay sparked as a group brawled in front of an Applebee’s restaurant across the street from Long Island University and Junior’s restaurant on Flatbush Ave. near DeKalb Ave. around 6:15 p.m., police sources said. Witnesses said pedestrians on the crowded Fort Greene block scattered after the shots rang out.
“They ran in all directions,” said Nijan Uddin, 34, who works at a nearby fruit stand. “I was just working here and I hear the gunshot and I ran from here.”
Emergency responders rushed the 17-year-old boy, who was shot in the head, to Brooklyn Hospital Center, but he could not be saved.
The teen’s name was being withheld pending family notification.
The older victim was rushed to New York Methodist Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his left ankle.
Police guarding what is likely a gun related to the shooting.
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Officers put up crime scene tape to block the subway stairs.
Family and friends gathered at Brooklyn Hospital Center, which is just blocks from where the shooting took place.
Police were briefly called to the location for crowd control.
“He died! Don’t tell me died!” screamed one man as news of the death reverberated through the group.
“Don’t tell me my boyfriend is dead,” a woman sobbed. “How am I supposed to love someone else?”
The slain teen’s great aunt said his father had just told him he was going to have a new little brother.
“Enough is enough. This gun violence has got to stop. It’s got to stop,” Davis said.
The heartbroken relative said she had moved to Brooklyn from the Bronx just two months ago — but has seen a disproportionate amount of death.
“I’ve been back in Brooklyn for two months and this is the fifth young man that got shot down that I know,” she said at the hospital. “Come on, this has got to stop. It’s too much.”
The motive behind the killing remained unclear, according to cops.
A small pool of blood remained in front of the Applebee’s on the busy thoroughfare as police hunted for the killer.
Multiple shooting at Applebee’s in Brooklyn
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Police on the scene.
Homicides remain up across the city this year, with 288 reported through Sunday, compared with 272 during the same period last year, a 5.9% increase, NYPD CompStat data shows.
Shootings are down overall across the five boroughs — with 1,121 people hit by bullets in the city this year as of Sunday, compared with 1,149 shot during the corresponding period last year — a 2.4% decline, according to NYPD data.
The 88th Precinct, in which the most recent killing occurred, has seen a spike in killings and shootings this year.
As of Sunday, seven people had been murdered inside the borders of the command, which encompasses Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.
Last year, only two people were killed during the same time period.
Twenty-three people have been shot in the precinct this year, compared with 13 last year, NYPD Compstat data shows.