Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New York's Labor Day weekend shootings reach 43 as violence breaks out at West Indian parade - 6th Sept 2011

The number of people shot over Labor Day weekend in New York has risen to 43, after violence married the annual West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

The latest shooting, just a few blocks off the route where revellers had earlier filled the streets in colourful costumes, left a police officer wounded and a person dead.

24 people were shot in the 24 hours from 6 am Saturday to 6 am Sunday, leading to calls from Mayor Bloomberg for tighter gun control laws after the 'unconscionable' spree.

The victims were shot during 15 separate incidents, and so far no arrests have been made.

In the latest incident a police officer was hit in the arm and hospitalised but expected to recover. A civilian died at the scene and at least two others were wounded.

Earlier in the day four people were shot and wounded during the parade along its route, police said. A 15-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet nearby.

Speaking to the New York Daily News, Charles Walters, 53 - who's 11-year-old son was one of the victims on Sunday - said: 'These people come with guns and shoot at anyone.

'They don't care if there are children around.' Read More