A birthday celebration ended in bloodshed early Sunday morning when 17 people, including a 10-year-old, were injured during a mass shooting on Ethel Street in Montell Heights.
Fourteen of the victims were shot; three received injuries in the ensuing melee.
The influx of patients resulted in the cancelation of elective surgery and admissions at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH).
Police said a man was walking toward the party, held just across the street from a community park, shortly after midnight, when he was confronted by two men who began shooting at him, resulting in other people being shot.
The targeted individual was reportedly shot in the leg.
The Nassau Guardian understands that 10 females and four males were shot. The victims’ ages range between 10 and 32. Of that number, four are minors.
Police said of the victims suffering from gunshot wounds, three of them, two females and one male, were in critical condition.
A 25-year-old woman was shot in the head, according to sources.
Margaret Oliver, the grandmother of the 10-year-old who was shot, was sitting outside her home just hours after the incident occurred.
“I was inside serving food,” Oliver told reporters.
“I didn’t know what happened until I hear the shots and I run outside.
“I saw they was on the ground… I see ‘loon’ people on the ground hollering and holding their foot, body [and] side.”
She noted that several people ran when they heard the shots.
“Where you could run in this little corner here and a man shooting?” Oliver asked.
“This person shooting close up. This the road right here. This the car right here.”
When asked whether she’s concerned about being outside after the tragic incident, she said no.
“I don’t know what the problem is and I’n know who these people come for,” she explained.
“I always is be outside and it don’t be no shooting. So I don’t know if somebody come to the party who these people see pass and come back.”
Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said that the mass casualty incident further impacted the situation of overcrowding and patients in Accident and Emergency at PMH.
“Therefore, all elective surgery and admissions are canceled until further notice,” Sands said.
“The public is advised to stay tuned to updates.”
The Public Hospitals Authority said in a statement that of the total number of persons who presented at the hospital, six were discharged and two left without being seen, against medical advice.
Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson held a press conference yesterday afternoon to dispel “misinformation” circling on social media, and he attempted to reassure the public that it was an isolated incident.
He added that police are following significant leads into the matter and are aware of who they are looking for.
Asked whether the incident is connected to any of the recent homicides, such as the double murder on Friday, Ferguson said, “We don’t have any intelligence, absolutely no intelligence to suggest that.”
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications