Two people were killed and four were reportedly wounded after a shooting incident outside a Brooklyn funeral service on Monday. The incident took place around 8:30 p.m. when nearly 40 people were leaving the Emmanuel Church of God on Flatbush Ave after the funeral service for 39-year-old Jose Luis Robles.
Three men passing the crowd in a silver SUV open fired around 15 shots to the crowd. One person who fired back injured an attacker.
“It sounded like a war … boom, boom, boom,” said witness Carlo Stamand, 60, owner of the nearby Cafe Creole restaurant. “I ran. After that, the police came.”
Robles, who was a former gang member, experienced a natural death on April 16. Police suspect the shooting is related to the deceased.
“Rival gang members heard about the funeral and decided to start shooting the place up,” a police source said.
Another witness of the firing was Angela Diggs, 50, who heard the shooting when she was worshiping at a nearby church. Recollecting the shooting, she said, “We didn’t come out.”
“We just continued praying for whatever was happening out there. Praying that nobody died.”
When the smoke vanished, police found two men dead and four injured.
“I saw two guys on the floor, right in front of the church,” said a witness, Jose Donate, aged 54. “The cops tried to do CPR, but it looked like they were already dead. (The cops) were pumping them. They said ‘Come on, come on, breathe!’”
A 44-year-old man was hit in the chest and a 40-year-old man was shot in the stomach. Both died at Kings County Hospital. Among the injured were two women, aged 29 and 38, and two men, around 37 and 44 years old.
Robles’ relatives rejected the idea that the shooting was connected to the deceased.
“Whatever was happening, it had nothing to do with the funeral,” said Alcides Perez, a nephew.
“I was outside getting fresh air, and I ended up seeing something worse. It reminded me a lot of Iraq.”
Investigation is underway, and no arrests have been made so far.