If there was ever a time that the People in communities across the U.S. needed to come together, it’s now. While images and videos of the Baltimore protesters’ exemplary model of unity continue to pour in by the hour, it is unfortunate that that spirit of solidarity has not spread throughout the rest of the country and penetrated the hearts of others. I truly wonder what the motive could have possibly been to lead these men to opening fire on a group of 300 people that were just leaving a funeral service. Many of whom were with their loved ones and simply wanted to pay respects to someone who had passed. Little did some of them know, they would have to start making plans to attend two more. It’s even more saddening to hear that one of the men that died in this senseless act of violence was killed in front of his son. For what? When will this vicious cycle end? Let this be a reminder that although the solidarity shown in places like Ferguson and Baltimore is a step in the right direction, it is something that must not be fleeting. We have to be as unrelenting in our struggle for unity amongst the People as the opposing forces are in their efforts to keep us divided.
I offer my condolences to all those affected by this tragedy.
Six people were shot — two fatally — Monday night during a drive-by shooting outside a Brooklyn church where funeral services were being held, police sources and witnesses said.
More than 300 people were leaving the service at Emmanuel Church of God on Flatbush Ave. near Foster Ave. at about 8:30 p.m. when a gunman fired up to 15 shots into the crowd from a silver SUV.
“It sounded like a war … boom, boom, boom,” said witness Carlo Stamand, 60, who owns the nearby Cafe Creole restaurant. “I ran. I went inside my business. After that, the police came.
Witness Angela Diggs, 50, was worshiping at another church nearby when the congregants’ prayers were drowned out by gunfire.
“We didn’t come out,” she said. “We just continued praying for whatever was happening out there. Praying that nobody died.”
Diggs’ prayers weren’t answered.
When the smoke cleared, two men had died, police sources said. Four others were wounded.
“I saw two guys on the floor, right in front of the church,” witness Jose Donate, 54, said. “The cops tried to do CPR but it looked like they were already dead. (The cops) were pumping them. They said ‘Come on, come on, breathe!'”
A 44-year-old man shot in the chest died at Kings County Hospital, officials said.
A second 40-year-old male was found shot in the stomach five blocks away on E. 32nd St. and Farragut Road.
He, too, was taken to Kings County Hospital where he died, officials said.
Those wounded included a 38-year-old woman shot in the leg and a second 40-year-old man who had been shot in the stomach, officials said. A 37-year-old man was also shot in the hand, officials said.
About a half-hour after the shooting, a 29-year-old woman hobbled into Kings County Hospital, claiming to have been shot in the leg in the fracas.
No arrests were immediately made.
Cops were looking for a silver SUV in connection with the gunplay.
The gunman was described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, wearing a Yankees cap and a white T-shirt, officials said.
Calls to the church were not immediately returned.