Yesterday's West Indian American Day Parade, which started at 11 a.m., was full of millions dancing and in good spirits for many hours. But after the parade ended, a series of violent incidents occurred on or near the parade route, including two fatal stabbings.
Around 5:55 p.m., police responded to a stabbing at Eastern Parkway and Bedford Avenue. The 27-year-old was stabbed in the neck and was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital. Update: The victim was identified as Leandre Mallinckrodt, a resident of Monroe, NY. Then, at around 6:30 p.m., police say that a man was stabbed in the neck in front of 1394 St. John's Place—two blocks from the parade route at a Chinese restaurant.
The owner told the Daily News that a drunk man was picking fights, "He was fighting other people. My husband told him to stop it. He told my husband, ‘Come out! Come out!’ I told him, ‘Don’t go out. He’s dangerous.' ... He got into another fight. He took out a small knife and cut him here — his throat. “A lot of blood came out. He fell down and the other guy ran." The victim was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital and a person was taken into a custody at the scene. Update: Police arrested Gabriel Hernandez, 21, of Brooklyn, for murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
A man and a woman were shot in the hip at Eastern Parkway and New York Avenue—their injuries were not life-threatening—and a witness told the Post, "The young lady was dancing in the street and there was loud music coming from the truck. At first she thought she got stabbed. But when she pulled up her clothes and looked at the wound, she realized she was shot and she freaked a little bit... She wasn’t hurt badly. She was able to walk over and speak to the cop and the ambulance came and took her away on the truck. It happened very quickly and nobody heard the shot."
State Senator Eric Adams told the NY Times, "It’s always unfortunate when you have a million-plus people here peacefully enjoying the parade and you have a small number who will do a violent act and that becomes the story." And, noting the large police presence at the parade, one spectator said, "There’s more of them than there are us. It’s much too much, it takes away from it all. But I understand it."