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There was a shooting at family-friendly festivals on two of America's coasts this weekend

Updated: Aug 8, 2019

A peaceful event for decades'

Gunfire rang out from a Brooklyn park's playground around 11 p.m. Saturday night, authorities said, shortly after the second night of the "Old Timers" festival had just drawn to a close.

A 38-year-old man was killed. The wounded victims ranged from 21 to 55 years old.

Gunfire erupts at a Brooklyn park, leaving 1 dead and 11 injured, New York police sayUp until that night, the festival had been a peaceful event for decades, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.The Old Timers event in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood features local artists and musicians.

A few thousand people were attending, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said.

Crystal Howard, a spokesperson for NYC Parks and Recreation, said the Old Timers event started in 1991.

"It's been a time for family and friends of the Brownsville neighborhood to come together and celebrate years of friendship and community," Howard said. "We are saddened by this senseless act of violence, and offer our deepest condolences and concern to the family of the deceased and for those injured.

"Authorities said no less than two shooters and two guns were involved in the attack, NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Kemper said. No arrests have been made and the motive remains a mystery.

A day later, in California, there was a similar scene of panic.

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