BROOKLYN — A man was shot and killed Sunday night and three men were injured over the next eight hours in three unrelated shootings in Brooklyn, marring the Labor Day weekend with violence, police said.
The first incident took place in Bedford-Stuyvesant shortly before 9 p.m. on Sunday night. David Dottin, 49, was standing with a group of people in front of 50 Herkimer Pl. when someone fired at them, striking the man in the head, authorities said.
A man who identified himself as a friend, but did not want his name to be used, said he grew up with Dottin in Barbados.
He also said he witnessed the shooting and heard three shots.
"I thought they were just in the air, then I saw my boy on the ground," he said. "His kids were right next to him."
Dottin was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
No arrests had been made as of Tuesday morning and the motive remains unclear, police officials said.
In a separate incident, a man carrying 16 small bags of marijuana was critically wounded in a shooting at the corner of St. Johns Street and Schenectady Avenue about 11 p.m. Sunday, police said.
He was treated at Kings County Hospital, police said.
It wasn't clear what sparked the shooting, but police believe it was drug related, they said. There were no immediate arrests.
Two men were then shot in Crown Heights early Monday morning, only one block from the West Indian Day parade route, officials said.
Both men were shot in front of 1692 Union St. around 5 a.m. as people in the neighborhood were setting up a grill for a barbecue, police and sources said.
Authorities said that the shooting followed a dispute that took place on the block.
A 38-year-old man, who was shot in the abdomen, was later taken to Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center by private means, police said. He is in stable condition.
A 34-year-old man, who suffered a graze wound to the right leg, walked into Kings County Hospital himself, police said.
It was not immediately clear whether the two men knew each another and what the dispute was about.
Sources said the two men were not part of the West Indian celebrations and police said the shooting was not related to J'Ouvert, which had enhanced security measures this year following several fatal shootings near and along the parade route.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.