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Detectives seek suspects in mass shooting at pop-up party in East Williamsburg

Deputy Chief Michael Kemper discusses the mass shooting at a party in East Williamsburg on March 13 that left five people injured.
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Detectives in Brooklyn are continuing to investigate a mass shooting at a pop-up party early Saturday morning that left five people injured.

Police sources said the victims were hit in the legs and ankles, but are all expected to survive their injuries.

According to Deputy Chief Michael Kemper of the NYPD Detective Bureau, the shooting appeared to stem from a dispute that broke out inside the location at 917 Flushing Ave. in East Williamsburg just after 4 am on March 13. The location is a converted garage turned events venue.

“Prior to the shots being fired, it appears there was a large pop-up party occurring inside this location,” Kemper said. “At some point, a dispute erupted, leading to gunshots being fired inside the location. As individuals began fleeing the location, additional shots were fired outside.”

Kemper stated that detectives are working to determine the motive that triggered the shooting, or how many individuals had discharged their weapons.

Officers from the 90th Precinct responded to a 911 call at the location moments after the shooting occurred. Upon arriving at the scene, Kemper said, they discovered a 23-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her right leg.

EMS brought her to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition, authorities said.

Moments later, police learned that four other shooting victims had brought themselves to area hospitals for treatment.

Woodhull Hospital saw two victims — a 36-year-old man shot in the left calf and a 49-year-old man shot in the right thigh. Wyckoff Heights Medical Center received a 28-year-old man shot in the right shin, and a 24-year-old man hit in the left foot.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, Kemper said.

As the investigation continues, crime scene detectives and investigators are combing through the Flushing Avenue event space for evidence. Detectives are also examining video footage from nearby security cameras.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

This story first appeared on AMNY.com.

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