Brooklyn, NY — A 3-year-old Brooklyn boy playing in a sprinkler was wounded when he was caught in a crossfire Sunday — the latest victim in a bloody weekend on steaming city streets.
Isaiah Gonzalez was blasted in the right calf when two gunmen exchanged gunfire near a crowded Bedford-Stuyvesant playground at the Roosevelt Houses on Pulaski St. just before 4 p.m., family and cops said.
The child was recovering and in stable condition early Monday at Kings County Hospital, his dad said.
“All-in-all, he’s okay,” said the tot’s father, Jose Rivera, 27. “When it happened, he was so shocked that he didn’t even cry — that’s how much of a trooper he is.”
Isaiah’s mother, Tiffiney Monagas, who is nine months pregnant, hasn’t left her little boy’s side since the shooting, Rivera added.
Two suspects in their late teens fled in a gray Nissan Altima, according to police sources. One man was taken into custody late Sunday and was being questioned by police at the 81st Precinct stationhouse, cops said.
“He stood there, fired one shot, then three seconds later discharged his gun,” witness Carlos Diaz, 55, said of one of the gunmen.
“He looked at me in the eyes, then jumped into a new gray car and sped away.”
The boy’s great-grandfather, James Merriel, 65, expressed shock. “He’s such a beautiful baby — I can’t believe it,” he said.
Merriel hopes the shooting will be a wakeup call to the boy’s mother. “I’m going to try and convince her to move down here,” said Merriel, of Chipley, Fla. ” I told her it was dangerous out there.”
The bloodshed Sunday capped a weekend of violence where 24 people were shot — three fatally — in 16 incidents, police said. Among the shooting victims is a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the torso outside the Boston Secor Houses on Bivona St. in the Bronx about 2 a.m. Sunday, police said. He was taken to Jacobi Medical Center and expected to survive.
At least six people were stabbed over the weekend — two fatally — in six incidents, and five people survived being slashed in one attack.
“The last four years have been the four safest in city history, but the week when the Fourth of July falls has been bloody every single year,” said Stu Loeser, a spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg.
Through July 1, there was a 7.9% spike in the number of people shot this year compared with the same period last year. But murders are down 17.4% this year.
Another fatality Sunday occurred in broad daylight on a basketball court in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, when Jeffrey Jeune, 19, of Brooklyn, died after being stabbed three times about 11:50 a.m., officials said.
“I gave my life to raise him,” said Jeune’s sobbing mother Marie Talleyrand, 47. “He was a good son, my only child.”
Jeune collapsed on Parkside Ave. and Parade Place after climbing a fence from inside the Prospect Park Parade Ground, witnesses said.
“He had a big hole near his heart,” said witness Jean Brunel Julot, 58. “I tried to hold the bleeding until the ambulance came.”
“He said, ‘Somebody help me. I don’t want to die,’ ” Julot added. Jeune had prior arrests, according to court records, including identity theft, criminal possession of stolen property and marijuana possession.
About 4:15 a.m. Sunday, shots were fired at two cops on patrol near Avenue J and Utica Ave. in Flatlands, Brooklyn, police said.
Nobody was hit, and the officers did not return fire.
A 32-year-old man walked into New York-Presbyterian Columbia after being stabbed at a baby shower after a fight erupted late Saturday, police said.
“The baby’s mother was so upset . . . . She asked, ‘Why would they do this to me?’” said Rockford Andrews, owner of the Cothoa Luncheon Club on Amsterdam Ave. in Washington Heights, where the shower took place.
Meanwhile, police sources identified the third victim killed in a hail of 63 bullets in Jamaica, Queens, early Saturday as Odane Linton, 29.
Investigators believe the victims may have been killed over money owed as part of a drug deal, a source said.