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Weekend Shootings Rock Two Brooklyn Neighborhoods

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Police are investigating a rash of weekend shootings in Brooklyn that left nearly a dozen people injured.

In the first shooting, investigators say three men and a woman were sitting on the steps of a home near Lincoln Place and Utica Avenue in Crown Heights shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday.

They say a white car then drove up and someone opened fire, hitting the victims in the legs.

The car fled the scene going east on Lincoln Place.

"It's frustrating, because most likely it was over foolishness. Of course it's the summer and people are acting out of hand," said Jamal Faison, a Brooklyn resident.

"The concern right now is that the thought process was that it was a drive-by. And it's just repetitive in our community, particularly this weekend, when we're talking about the process of people just keep on pulling out these guns and shooting," said Community Advocate Tony Herbert.

"The elected officials they gotta step up to the plate. These people gotta go to jail. If these people get caught with a gun, they gotta go to jail for 10 years," said Community Advocate John Rodriguez.

All four victims were taken to local hospitals and are expected to recover.

Meantime, police are also searching for a man and a woman in connection with a deadly shooting in East New York on Sunday.

Investigators say an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were standing in front of a home on Miller Avenue shortly before 5 p.m.

They say a woman driving a tan or brown car pulled up and a man dressed all in black and wearing a ski mask got out and started shooting.

The 18-year-old was shot twice in the chest and died at the hospital.

The 16-year-old was shot in the right leg and is expected to recover.

The gunman ran back into the car and fled the scene.

Anyone with information on any of the cases should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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