A man was shot dead and two others left fighting for their lives in a trio of shootings in Brooklyn early Sunday — including a possible innocent bystander hit during a gun battle from dueling groups in cars, police said.
The fatality was a 22-year-old man who was gunned down at Watkins Street and Livonia Avenue in Brownsville just minutes before 1 a.m., the NYPD said.
He was hit in the body, arm and leg and rushed by ambulance to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. He was not identified, pending family notification, cops said.
A gun was recovered at the scene and a person of interest taken into custody, the NYPD said of the ongoing investigation.
At just after 2.30 a.m., a 42-year-old man was shot in the back less than a mile away during a dispute on East 95th Street and Clarkson Ave also in Brownsville, police said. He was taken to Kings County Hospital in life-threatening condition.
A 58-year-old man was then shot in the head at 3.45 a.m. as he walked close to the Barclays Center and people in two separate vehicles shot at each other, the NYPD said.
It was not known if he was the intended target or an innocent bystander, an NYPD spokesperson said.
He was taken to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital where he is not expected to survive, sources said.
Police later found a blue Infiniti with New York plates that they had been looking for, just a few blocks from the shooting at 4th Avenue and Pacific Street. It was not confirmed that it was connected to the shooting, however. No arrests had been made, the NYPD said.
The trio of shootings come amid an alarming surge in gunplay in the Big Apple this year, largely centered on Brooklyn.