Brooklyn club shooting leaves four dead, multiple others injured Saturday morning

NYPD investigates the scene of a shooting in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday Oct. 12 2019

NYPD investigates the scene of a shooting in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Saturday Oct. 12 2019

Four men were shot and killed early Saturday morning at an illegal gambling location in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, according to police. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea said at a briefing Saturday that two firearms have been recovered and more may be found.

"A bit of a chaotic scene", Shea said.

In a country plagued by gun violence, NY state has some of the strictest rules concerning purchasing, possessing and carrying firearms, particularly in the city and its suburbs.

"We'll go where the evidence leads us, but it's a little preliminary to make speculation whether it's a gambling dispute, whether it's a robbery, but that will unfold as the day goes on", Shea said. They were said to be between the ages of 32 and 49.

"We need new tools to combat the surge in gun violence we are seeing in certain precincts across the city, including the 77th", Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said in a statement.

The six men and one woman were reportedly shot just before 7a.m. inside a building in the Crown Heights neighbourhood of Brooklyn. The injured were expected to survive.

Published reports say the club doesn't have a liquor license.

Isaac Mickens, a community organizer, described the place as a "hole-in-the-wall gambling den" in an interview with The New York Times. He said there was no indication that it was a gang-related incident. Four homeless men were beaten to death, allegedly by another homeless man, on October 5 in Manhattan's Chinatown. In 2000, there were more than 600 homicides in the city. A year ago it had fewer than 300 in a city of more than 8.5 million people.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter that the city "awoke to senseless gun violence".