NEW YORK — Plainclothes NYPD detectives fired four suspects at night outside a party in Queens.
Surveillance video shows chaos as revelers jumped fences as they tried to flee gunfire that broke out near 219th Street and 130th Avenue in Laurelton late Friday.
Neighbors told TSTIME’s Christina Fan that the shots were so loud they thought they were fireworks.
“Then I went to the bathroom. I looked out the window and saw the kids screaming, and then they started jumping over my fence and coming into my yard,” said Sophia Steadman-Franklin.
Police said neighbors expressed concern about the large gathering before we got their hands on the cases, prompting members of the Violent Crime Squad to put an unmarked car carrying plainclothes detectives on the block.
Witnesses say the party was mainly for teenagers and may have been held as a signal to someone heading off to college, but things turned violent when a small group of armed suspects arrived.
At around 11:30 p.m., detectives saw men approaching the intersection. Two groups would then have exchanged fire.
“There were about 75 to 100 people at this party, and now you have a group of guys shooting at this group of people who were partying,” said NYPD patrol chief Jeff Maddrey.
The police realized that danger was imminent and detectives recruited the suspects and injured and arrested four of them. All four are expected to survive.
The suspects are 16, 17, 18 and 24 years old. At least two of them have a criminal history.
Police said they found three weapons. There were at least 39 evidence markers at the scene, spread over three blocks and yards.
Maddrey said the shooting illustrates “how gun violence continues to plague our communities. And again, I implore members of our community that it is so important to work with your police so that we can end this gun violence.”
He encouraged the public to call for help when situations seem ripe for violence.
A neighbor told TSTIME’s Dave Carlin that there are too many illegal guns on the street.
‘What are they coming here for with guns? It makes no sense,” said a neighbor.
None of the officers involved were injured, police said.