One man died and eight other people were wounded when gunfire erupted at a party in Brooklyn early Saturday, the police said.
Neighbors and the police described a bloody, chaotic scene, with wounded victims and other party-goers spilling out of the three-story brick townhouse where the shooting occurred, at 325 Wyona Street in East New York just after 3 a.m., and into the street and the backyard.
A neighbor, Abbey Albino, 39, said, “I heard so many gunshots I lost count. Then I heard people screaming.”
Another neighbor who gave only her first name, Elizabeth, said she was awoken by an argument and gunfire. When she looked out of her second-floor window she saw a man emerge from 325 Wyona Street holding his side and limping. Then he fell to the ground.
She saw another man on the ground inside a small gated area in front of the house. “He wasn’t moving,” she said.
The dead man was identified as Donzell Rogers, 20, the police said. Mr. Rogers, who lived at 626 Lincoln Place in Brooklyn, was pronounced dead Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.
The other victims were taken to Brookdale, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and Woodhull Medical Center. Most had been shot in the legs or feet and one complained of chest pains. Three of the victims were later released.
The police said the other victims were a 17-year-old boy, five 19-year-old men, a 20-year-old man, and a 33-year-old man. Neighbors said the party had been announced on flyers that had been posted around the neighborhood and appeared to have been thrown by a woman who lived on the ground floor apartment of the townhouse.
DeSean Dixon, 25, a neighbor, said the party started around 10 on Friday night. He added that the flyers, which billed the event as “Freaky Friday,” noted that there was a cover charge.
He said there had been parties held at the same house on the previous two Fridays and they “went off without a hitch.” He said he was outside his home most of the night and that people from the neighborhood and from a nearby public housing project attended.
“That type of party, in this type of neighborhood, attracts all kinds of a wild crowd,” he said.
Kevin, another neighbor, who like many of those interviewed in the aftermath of the shooting would not give his last name, said there were men from the neighborhood acting as security guards and checking for weapons at the front door. Typically, he said, people who had parties in the area hired former police officers and paid them $200 to $300 a night.
Kevin said he was outside the apartment and about to enter when he heard shots.
“I got low and I ran,” he said.
The police said the shooting apparently started in the ground floor apartment and then moved outside.
Arriving officers saw three males running away and detained them, according to the police. Two pistols, a 9 millimeter and a .40 caliber, were found at the scene, but the police could not say how many people fired shots.
No arrests had been made as of Saturday afternoon, but the police said that several people were being questioned.