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

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(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.)

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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.

The dedicated team from the Sean Casey Animal Rescue. Source: KARMABrooklyn

Some heartbreaking news stories should really come with warning labels or, in the very least, a box of tissues.

The Daily News ran a piece on the overcrowded and critically overwhelmed Sean Casey Animal Shelter that, if you are an animal lover, will plainly rip your heart out and reduce you to a quivering bowl of jelly.

Run by the 30-year-old Casey, the Windsor Terrace animal shelter’s astronomically high vet bills per month are more money than some of us have ever possessed in our lifetimes. Running on an incredibly small budget and bursting at the seams, Sean Casey Animal Shelter just plain needs help… badly.

Find out how you can help.

The meek, the relentlessly picked on, and the emotionally tormented are breathing a sigh of relief as bullies will now have lesser recourse for abusing their victims, both online, and on school grounds, thanks to comprehensive anti-bullying legislation passed by the New York State Senate and City Council.

Cyber-bullying legislation sponsored by Lew Fidler was signed into law this week by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, while, up in Albany, State Senator Marty Golden managed to push a bill through the State Senate. Both bills target bullying – online and off – through schools.

Keep reading about the legislation and how it protects children.

Photo taken May 24, 2011

Man, don’t you just hate it when a developers try to sell their residential units based on amenities that don’t exist?

That’s why every time I passed by 1702 Avenue Z (on the corner of East 17th Street) for the past year or so, my eyebrows raised. Dreamlife Realty, a mysterious broker that took over after bigger names abandoned the project, posted a sign in one of the upper windows advertising “Indoor Parking.”

To which I asked, “Where?!”

Keep reading to find out what’s going on here.

A reader told me about two weeks ago that Benny’s Gourmet Pizza, at 1730 Jerome Avenue, had closed down. We got over there yesterday to check it out, and that does appear to be the case. After nearly three years in operation, the establishment seems to be shuttered.

We called the business’ number this morning and there was no answer. We’ve been hearing that kosher establishments are becoming more and more in-demand in Sheepshead Bay, and establishments like Cupcake Kings have gone out of their way to get the proper certification to cater to the demographic. So what happened at Benny’s, the only kosher pizzeria in “downtown” Sheepshead Bay?

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It’s summer, and you’re going to be out more, hopefully enjoying America the Beautiful. You may or may not think about it, but what do you do if your wallet or purse is lost or stolen? The first step is ‘think about it.’

What to do if your wallet gets stolen or lost, and how to prepare for the worst.

Photo by Randy Contello.

Parents of children attending P.S. 254 (1801 Avenue Y) received the following letter today, after a suspicious man approached one of the elementary school students. The man is described as a white man driving a Ford Mustang, wearing a black leather jacket and a cap or bandana. Here is the letter:

While Congressman Anthony Weiner finally lays low following the revelation of Twitter romances – and the lies that preceded his eventual confession – at least one civic group publicly expressed its support and gratitude for the embattled politician.

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