A 17-year-old boy and a 22-year-old woman were killed and four others injured Monday morning in three shootings at Brooklyn’s J’Ouvert festivities, a pre-dawn celebration of Caribbean culture, PEOPLE confirms.
At 3:50 a.m., 17-year-old Tyreke Borel was shot in the chest and a 72-year-old woman was shot in the left arm, according to a New York City police statement. Both were taken to the hospital, where Borel was pronounced dead.
There are no suspects and the investigation is ongoing, according to the New York Police Department.
About 20 minutes later, police responded to a call and discovered 22-year-old Tiarah Poyau shot in the face, according to a police statement. She was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.
An unnamed suspect is currently in custody, according to the NYPD.
At a Monday police briefing, the transcript of which was obtained by PEOPLE, NYPD Brooklyn South Commander Steven Powers said Borel, Poyau and the 72-year-old woman were all likely “unintended targets.”
Powers said that over the past 10 years, 21 shootings have been recorded at J’Ouvert festivities, including two homicides last year.
This year, according to city officials, the city doubled the number of police officers and took other measures such as installing hundreds of light towers.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would review the future of the event, given the history of violence.
“I’m not going to go into detail until we do a full review,” he said. “I’m just making a broad strategic statement; all options are on the table. But we’re going to look at the whole situation with the NYPD and the community.”
De Blasio said that about 250,000 people typically attend the J’Ouvert festival, and “the vast, vast majority celebrate peacefully.”
“They represent their culture proudly,” he said. “And it’s a moment where every year, people look forward to celebrating their heritage as all New Yorkers do for their own heritages.”
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Borel was going to school and working as an auto mechanic, his great uncle David Brathwaite told NBC. According to The New York Times, David Jones, who identified himself as Borel’s stepfather, said Borel emigrated from Trinidad nine years ago.
“She wanted to have a little fun last night, and then this happened,” Wilkinson said.