Four men were killed and at least three people wounded in a shooting at an illegal gambling club in Brooklyn, New York police Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea said Saturday morning at a news conference.
A woman and two men suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
They say officers were called around 7 a.m.to 74 Utica Ave.
Shea said that among the victims, two were from "out of state" and the remaining five resided in different areas of Brooklyn.
"We need new tools to combat the surge in gun violence we are seeing in certain precincts across the city, including the 77th", Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said in a statement.
A sign on the building where the bloodshed occurred says Triple A Aces. Cops said they found cards and dice inside, suggesting attendees were gambling, but no alcohol.
"We'll go where the evidence leads us, but it's a little preliminary to make speculation whether it's a gambling dispute, whether it's a robbery, but that will unfold as the day goes on", Shea said.
Crime scene tape surrounded the building Saturday morning and investigators in white jumpsuits could be seen going in and out.