4 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at illegal gambling club in Brooklyn; at least 2 guns recovered from 'chaotic scene'

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October 12, 2019 - 10:20 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Four men have died after seven people were shot at an illegal gambling club in Brooklyn early Saturday morning, police say.

In addition to the four men who died, two men and a woman were also shot. Police said they are being treated at area hospitals and are expected to survive,. An eighth person suffered a leg injury while fleeing the scene.

The men and women shot range in age from 32 to 49, police said at a press conference Saturday morning.

They have not yet been identified, but at least two of them are from out of state, police said. The rest are believed to be from Brooklyn.

The shooting unfolded shortly before 7 a.m. at the Triple A Aces club at 74 Utica Ave. in Crown Heights. There were a minimum of 15 people inside the illegal gambling den at the time of the shooting, police said.

The officers who responded had just made a gun arrest nearby and raced to the shooting scene.

NYPD Chief Dermot Shea said it was a “chaotic scene” inside the first floor of the location, with at least two guns recovered and 15 shots fired. Shea described it as “sparsely decorated,” with evidence of illegal gambling, including cards and dice, but no evidence of alcohol consumption.

The gun recovered included a 9mm handgun and a revolver, and Shea said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if detectives found more.

Police said there have been no complaints of gambling at the location, which is only a block away from the 77th precinct stationhouse. A purple sign outside reads "fun, food, music and entertainment." 

Crime scene tape surrounded the building and police vehicles lined the block as investigators looked for clues. Several witnesses were being interviewed at the 77th precinct stationhouse.

No arrests have been made.

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."

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