2006-05-11 / Front Page

FOUR SHOT IN STREET MELEE

By Charles Rogers

Four teenagers were wounded Friday when an argument that started during a party in an apartment in the Breukelen Houses complex at Flatlands Avenue and East 105th Street spilled into the street and erupted in gunfire, police said.

Patrol officers from the 69th Precinct said they were called to the area shortly after 9 p.m. when witnesses said they saw the teens running along Flatlands Avenue and stopping at East 100th Street where a full melee broke out. During the fight, an unidentified youth pulled out a handgun and started firing point blank into the crowd, wounding four youths.

According to police sources, a 20-year-old was shot in the left ankle and another 20-year-old was hit in the back. A third was hit in the abdomen and another received a wound in his left leg. Two were taken to Kings County Hospital and two went to Brookdale Hospital. All four were treated and released and none had life-threatening wounds, according to police. None of the names of the victims was released.

The two 20-year-old men said they had been "just hanging out" at the East 100th Street location when the crowd from the party came running towards them and they got caught up in the melee.

Sources noted that "dozens" of bullets were fired. The crowd disbursed immediately, leaving the wounded individuals writhing on the ground. Police said Emergency Medical Service paramedics took the injured parties to the two hospitals. Although police canvassed the area, no weapons were found after the incident.

Anyone with further information is asked to call the 69th Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 257-6215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept strictly confidential.

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