Drivers beware! A massive sinkhole has formed on Knapp Street, near Avenue Z.

We first heard about this yesterday from a reader, but we were waiting to get out there and snag a photo ourselves. But then that scallywag over at GerritsenBeach.net beat us to it. So we just stole it and figured we’d put it on a site that people care about.

Just kidding! Thanks for doing the work for us, Dan!

By the way, Dan adds that this formed over the course of a week. I wonder if anyone called 311 before it gave way.

From our friends at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA:

Kings Bay YM-YWHA is thrilled to announce our Annual Israel Celebration to take place on Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  The large celebration attracts thousands of people to eat, dance and rejoice with us on this festive day.

Kings Bay Y brings Israel to the Greater Sheepshead Bay/Marine Park community.  We feature Israeli music and dance, teach about the country through interactive games, display the achievements of Israel’s citizens, showcase opportunities for travel and much more.  The street is closed for the duration of the event and admission is free.

The celebration is proudly situated on Nostrand Avenue (between Ave U and V). The community enjoys live music, an Israeli marketplace full of jewelry, Judaica, Israeli craft, delicious food, free giveaways and raffles.  Children bounce on carnival rides, visit a petting zoo, participate in arts and crafts and other fun activities.  Live music and dancing.  Elected officials and community leaders are scheduled to attend the event.

For more information, please contact Alina at (718) 648-7703 ext. 224 or via e-mail at alina@kingsbayy.org.

About 5,000 people attended last year’s event. Check out our coverage and photo gallery.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

Tysha Jones was a junior at Norman Thomas High School and lived in a Harlem apartment with her mother, Cynthia, her brother and sister, according to friends.

One of the last photos taken of Tysha Jones, taken shortly before a gunman took her life. (Source: Twitter via DailyNews.com)

The Brighton Beach shooting on the Riegelmann Boardwalk yesterday evening left one 16-year-old girl dead and four others wounded. The shooting erupted around 6:20 p.m., with the gunman firing wildly into the air and crowd. Now, a person involved in the incident is telling the New York Post that it all happened after unsuspecting teenagers threw a wayward glance at alleged Crip gangbangers walking by.

Read our coverage roundup from around the mediascape.

Photo by Lisanne Anderson.

Below are two more videos sent to us taken just moments after the Brighton Beach shooting. These videos are taken from within the crowd that gathered around the victims, and is much more graphic than the video we ran earlier. Please be advised as to the nature of these videos before viewing.

The first is from commenter 718Russian_ak:

The second was sent to us by localbroker. The videographer is unknown:

Additional coverage:
(Brighton Beach Shooting Wounds Five, Two Critically)
(Brighton Beach shooting: View photos of the scene, as police canvassed the area.)
(Brighton Beach shooting: View a video from a restaurant patron taken moments after the shooting.)

We got down to the scene of the Brighton Beach shooting on the Riegelmann Boardwalk at Brighton 6th Street at around 7:15 p.m. Armed with only our cell phone, these are the photos we took of the police activity and the aftermath of the shooting. If you have any photos, please send them to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com and we’ll add them to this post.

(Brighton Beach Shooting Wounds Five, Two Critically)
(Brighton Beach shooting: View a video from a restaurant patron taken moments after the shooting.)
(Brighton Beach shooting: Two graphic videos taken from the crowd gathering around the victims.)

View the photos.

Sheepshead Bites reader Mike Nemoy posted the above video in our comments section. The video was taken just moments after the shooting and shows the victims lying on the boardwalk, screaming beachgoers and restaurant patrons, and the overall confusion as people ran around to ensure their safety.

Read the full story of the Brighton Beach boardwalk shooting here.
(Brighton Beach shooting: View photos of the scene, as police canvassed the area.)
(Brighton Beach shooting: Two graphic videos taken from the crowd gathering around the victims.)

Patrons of the restaurants lining the Brighton Beach boardwalk at Brighton 6th Street were unexpectedly treated to a macabre show, as a gunman opened fire just feet away from the outdoor seating, leaving five people wounded or worse.

Witnesses to the shooting said that a man was walking along the crowded boardwalk around 5:30 p.m., when he suddenly opened fire on a group of people near the benches. One witness said seven shots were fired – four shots first, then three more – and at least three people appeared seriously wounded. Police are reporting that five people in all were injured.

Media reports say that at least two people are in critical condition – a man and a woman.

(Brighton Beach shooting: View photos of the scene, as police canvassed the area.)
(Brighton Beach shooting: View a video from a restaurant patron taken moments after the shooting.)
(Brighton Beach shooting: Two graphic videos taken from the crowd gathering around the victims.)

Another witness at the scene told Sheepshead Bites that a police foot patrol was passing by at that moment. Police took cover in Tatiana Restaurant, and the gunman ran off – along with hundreds on the boardwalk.

Adding to the mayhem and confusion was the unusually large crowd. Today is Brooklyn/Queens Day, so many students off from school hit the beaches.

The gunman is still believed to be at large, and police are closing off streets between the boardwalk and Brighton Beach Avenue, and Brighton 6th Street.

One Sheepshead Bites reader was nearby, and sent us this message:

mass shooting on brighton beach at around 5:30pm, near coney island avenue. i heard several shots, then a huge crowd of beach-goers run from the beach. minutes later police sirens and a helicopter.

Other beachgoers at the time had said that they had never seen so many people running.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

UPDATED STORY: Shooting on Brighton Beach Boardwalk, Five Injured, Two Critically

ADDITIONAL COVERAGE:
(Brighton Beach shooting: View photos of the scene, as police canvassed the area.)
(Brighton Beach shooting: View a video from a restaurant patron taken moments after the shooting.)
(Brighton Beach shooting: Two graphic videos taken from the crowd gathering around the victims.)

The below story has been updated. View the most recent version at the link above.

UPDATE (6:40 p.m.): 1010Wins is reporting that five people are shot and at least two are in critical condition, they add that the shooting began on Brighton 7th Street.

Original post:

We’ve just heard from multiple tipsters that shots were fired on the Brighton Beach section of the Riegelmann boardwalk, near Brighton 6th Street. The incident occurred betweeb 5:30 and 6:00 p,m.

We have not confirmed this yet, but one tipster says four people were shot. Their condition, the number of shooters, or whether or not they’ve been apprehended is not yet known.

NYPD officials are on the scene and have closed off that section of the boardwalk.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will provide more information as it becomes available.