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Two dead, four wounded in possible gang-related shooting outside funeral service in Brooklyn

Police investigate the crime scene Flatbush Ave. near Foster Ave. in Brooklyn where cop sources and witnesses said six people were shot Monday night.

Police investigate the crime scene Flatbush Ave. near Foster Ave. in Brooklyn where cop sources and witnesses said six people were shot Monday night.

A Brooklyn funeral took a lethal turn Monday when a shootout erupted outside the service, leaving six people wounded -- two mortally, authorities said.

More than 40 people were leaving a service for 39-year-old Jose Luis Robles at the Emmanuel Church of God on Flatbush Ave. near Foster Ave. at about 8:30 p.m. when three men fired up to 15 shots into the crowd.

One funeral attendee fired back, wounding one of the assailants before the three men fled in a silver SUV, cops said.

“People (were) shooting in front of the location in towards the church, and one shooting from the church out,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. “Right now the investigation is early on, we're trying to figure things out about what happened.”

Panicked mourners and pedestrians scrambled for cover.

“It sounded like a war ... boom, boom, boom,” said witness Carlo Stamand, 60, who owns the nearby Cafe Creole restaurant. “I ran. After that, the police came.”

Robles died of natural causes on April 16.

Gunfire erupted Monday night on Flatbush Ave. near Foster Ave. in Brooklyn, outside the Emmanuel Church of God, according to police sources.

Gunfire erupted Monday night on Flatbush Ave. near Foster Ave. in Brooklyn, outside the Emmanuel Church of God, according to police sources.

He was a “former gang member” who did time in prison and may have been affiliated with the Bloods, police sources said.

“Rival gang members heard about the funeral and decided to start shooting the place up,” a police source said.

Angela Diggs, 50, was worshiping at another church when gunfire — which was picked up by the NYPD’s new ShotSpotter system -- rang out.

“We didn’t come out,” she said. “We just continued praying for whatever was happening out there. Praying that nobody died.”

But when the smoke cleared, two men were dead, police said. Four others, including two women, were wounded.

“I saw two guys on the floor, right in front of the church,” said witness Jose Donate, 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!’ ”

An “exchange of gunfire” erupted at about 8:30 p.m., police sources said.

An “exchange of gunfire” erupted at about 8:30 p.m., police sources said.

The dead included a 44-year-old man who was hit in the chest and a 40-year-old man who took a bullet to the stomach, officials said. Neither was identified.

Both died at Kings County Hospital, according to authorities.

A second 40-year-old man — believed to be one of the gunmen — was found shot in the stomach five blocks away in a vehicle on E. 32nd St. and Farragut Road. His accomplices had vanished.

Other victims included a 38-year-old woman shot in the leg, a 37-year-old man shot in the hand and a 29-year-old woman who showed up at Kings County Hospital a half hour later, shot in the leg.

Some witnesses said the shooting took place after a fight broke out as people waited outside to pay their respects.

“This was about something that happened 20 years ago and had nothing to do with Robles,” a source close to the investigation said. “(The shooter) confronts one of the victims and gets punched. That guy’s friend pulls a gun and starts shooting.”

A member of NYPD's ESU suits up for an evidence search at the scene where sources said two people were killed.

A member of NYPD's ESU suits up for an evidence search at the scene where sources said two people were killed.

One of the dead men had jumped in front of his wife as the gunman started shooting, the source said. His wife suffered critical injuries.

Community leaders were outraged by the gunplay.

“This again proves that there are too many guns on the streets in the hands of people who have no regard for human life,” said community activist Tony Herbert, founder of the One Family, One Community Initiative, an anti-violence campaign where stakeholders from community, religious and business groups work together to steer kids away from gangs and violence. “This is definitely a call for the mayor to get on board with our agenda.”

Robles’ relatives did not believe the shooting was connected to their dearly departed family member.

“Whatever was happening, it had nothing to do with the funeral,” said Alcides Perez, 31, Robles’ nephew and an Iraq War veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I was outside getting fresh air, and I ended up seeing something worse. It reminded me a lot of Iraq.”

No arrests were immediately made.

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Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on April 29, 2015 at 9:49am
This is for the people that care about each other regardless of color, if you don't care about blacks it's okay, when it comes to addressing me please keep your comments to yourself, but to the people that give a dam, according to the New York Times there are
1.5 million black men missing ranging from age 25 to 54 most from Ferguson and thousands from New york, so if you don't care please don't refer to me because I don't want to have to resort to any vile conversations on this site if you don't care this does not concern you, and if Europeans decide to give reparations to blacks for all the damages then we know it does not include the ones that don't care so if this should come about then stay neutral as you have been and pray that you and your family don't suffer any fatalities from major injustices, if your going to be a fool then stand
Alone as you were and mind your own business, you don't care about me I don't give a dam about you, if you say something stupid
I'm not going to dignify you with any conversation we understand about the sell outs
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on April 29, 2015 at 12:24am
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Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on April 29, 2015 at 12:15am
I see why Europeans have ruled over black people for 450 years and some of you are an open embarrassment to our race of people
I never thought any one could be so dam stupid!
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on April 29, 2015 at 12:11am
People are standing up for their rights against injustice and what type of dam smelly piece of s*** would speak against that, you don't want to stand up for what's right to hell with you, we talking about supporting black people's suffering the loss of their loved ones and a stupid nugget like you wanna argue about typo s how dam simple can you be??? Unbelievable how dam stupid is that proverbs 1:22 how long you simple ones will you love simplicity
and scorners delight in their scoring and fools hate knowledge it's
a fact your a dam fool you just proved it Connie you dam con artist
black people are tired of your bullshit the day is coming where you sellout type of blacks will no more be regarded and the people are going to turn on you and you deserve it, acting like you don't know what a typo is like that's more important than the black families that are suffering all over the country, I will speak with God about you dam con artists because you obviously think you can play with God's program.
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on April 28, 2015 at 11:46pm
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Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on April 28, 2015 at 11:41pm
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You worthless piece of s***!
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Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on April 28, 2015 at 11:19pm
It was many of black devils like you as trivial as you can be I'm not going to even waste my time throwing any more pearls at a coward
swine like you, you have a serious slave mentality your not worth a dam coward hiding behind a symbol go about your business and get lost your not important go scratch yourself sellout I'm done with you a nincompoop is you and the dam goat you rode in on if you don't love your own people why don't you dig a hole and crawl in or back under the rock you crawled out from under, you know dam well what I'm talking about don't you, I dear you to show your face insect how much are they paying you to try to disrespect your own people coward, The Lord said a shameless woman is counted as a dog I'm done with you say what you want but anyone that's about to step into a piece of dung like you is going step over you they don't want to get you on their shoes nothing but cap that want to get on people's shoes pure cap let me know when you get the balls to show your face devil if not go back to hell.
Comment by Connie on April 28, 2015 at 10:45pm
Grammer check, grammer check. Let me teach u a new word today, since ur computer so fool fool, it nuh have spell-check, instead of "emediate" the word is " immediate", ok "Nincompoop"
Comment by Jerimiah 1:4--10 on April 28, 2015 at 9:04pm
Black people always say, " I know what time it is but you really don't some of you don't have a clue and you get mad at me for checking you, but your not upset over your own people getting slaughtered in every state of the USA like cattle, some of you treat me like I'm the one murdering you and this is how I know some of you got serious problems and some of you will ride the foolish wagon till the wheels fall off out all the intelligent people in the world somebody has to be the example of a fool. Please do not be a fool the times are changing and don't you see what's going on and how it's picking up speed??

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