Police are investigating the shooting at a rent party early Saturday morning in East New York that ended with a 20-year-old man dead and eight others injured.
The victim has been identified as Donzell Rogers of 626 Lincoln Place in Crown Heights.
Doctors pronounced him dead at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center; the others were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical and Woodhull Medical centers, many of them hit in the legs and feet. Some have already gone home.
Eyewitnesses and police describe a chaotic scene, blood everywhere as shooting victims and partiers poured onto the street around 3-3:15 a.m. in front of 325 Wyona St., East New York.
Investigators say the party was advertised on Facebook and on neighborhood flyers as "Freaky Friday," featuring scantily dressed dancers. There was a five-dollar cover charge to help raise money for rent.
According to cops, things reportedly spiraled out of control, when two people bumped into each other, and shots were fired -- at least 20 of them. Most of the young people at the party were in their teens and early 20's. Police found two weapons -- one of them a semi-automatic handgun.
People in the neighborhood say these parties are held on a fairly, regular basis with no problems; ex-cops are hired as security, and paid anywhere between $200 and $300 a night for their services.
Meanwhile, detectives are questioning at least three people, one of them arrested while fleeing the scene, loaded gun in hand. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly thinks the shooting is gang-related. Crime scene investigators were at the scene for quite a while, collecting evidence; police say there were bullet holes and shell casings all over the house, yard and even down the block.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times