The Slatest

Shooting in Brooklyn Gambling Den Kills Four, Leaves Several Others Injured

A man walks by police tape in the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn on July 29, 2019 in New York City.
A man walks by police tape in the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn on July 29, 2019 in New York City.
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Four people were killed and five others were injured early Saturday morning at a shooting in an illegal after-hours gambling club in Brooklyn. Police said the shooting took place right before 7 a.m. and there were still playing cards on the table when officers arrived. Four men were pronounced dead at the scene and five were taken to nearby hospitals. A total of seven people were shot—six men and one woman. Two others were injured. It isn’t clear how many shooters were involved and what sparked the gunfire. A suspect was in custody by Saturday afternoon with officials saying “he was either the triggerman or played some other role in the slaying,” reports the New York Daily News.

Although police still have not revealed a motive it seems the shooting may have started as an argument about a card game. A total of 15 shots were fired at the club called Triple A Aces in Crown Heights that bills itself as a “private and social rental space.” Officers found a .9mm pistol and revolver at the crime scene. City records show there have been several complaints of the first floor of the club being illegally converted into a nightclub.

The victims have not been identified but law enforcement officials said the ages of those shot ranged from 32 to 49 years old.

This is a breaking news story and has been updated with new information since it was first published.