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NYC Labor Day weekend filled with violence

by Jorge Hernandez on September 6, 2011

In New York City, more than 48 people were shot over labor day weekend, eight of whom were killed. Several of the shootings took place during the annual Caribbean-themed festival which takes place in Brooklyn, according to Fox News.

"It was a bad weekend, no question about that," mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg said, according to the news source. "There's just too many guns on the streets of this city."

At 6:00 a.m. on Monday, a McDonald's in Brooklyn was packed with 100 people who were getting ready for the West Indian Day Parade. Kenneth Beggs, a 44-year-old-man, apparently bumped into another patron, Anthony Carruthers, age 28. While Beggs apologized for the accident, Carruthers reacted by pulling out a gun and firing into his legs.

That wasn't the only shooting during the parade. Toward the end of the event, another man was beaten by six or seven men, one of whom then shot the victim in the leg. According to the news source, this incident took place in front of a large crowd of parade onlookers.

A gun battle on Monday left two cops wounded and four others dead, including one innocent bystander, according to the New York Daily News. Leroy Webster, age 32, shot Eusi Johnson, 29, and killed him after a fistfight erupted between the two. Denise Gay, age 55, was sitting nearby on her front stoop, when a stray bullet hit and killed her.

When police arrived on the scene, they exchanged fire with Webster, eventually killing him. One witness told the news source that police and the shooter exchanged at least 50 or 60 shots, prompting her to run "for her life."  

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