New York City police say two people have been shot to death during a carnival in the hours before the West Indian Day Parade.
Police say a male in his late teens or early 20s was shot in the chest at around 3:50 a.m. Monday in Brooklyn. He died at a hospital.
Police say about 25 minutes later, a 22-year-old woman was shot in the head just a block away and died at a hospital.
Police are investigating whether the shootings are related.
The shootings happened during J’ouvert, a carnival celebrating Caribbean culture held before dawn each Labor Day. The event is often marred by violence. Last year, an aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo was killed by a stray bullet.
As of Sunday night Cuomo was scheduled to march in today’s parade at 11 a.m.
Last week, authorities said they arrested a fifth suspect in the murder of Cuomo’s aide in the hours before last year’s West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.
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