4 Victims Of Brooklyn Gambling Club Shooting ID'd; Report Says Cheating Claim Led To Gunfire

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October 13, 2019 - 6:48 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) – Police have identified the four men who died in a shooting at an illegal gambling hall in Brooklyn this weekend as an investigation into the horrific mass killing continues.

The men were identified as 36-year-old Terence Bishop, 47-year-old Dominick Wimbush, 37-year-old Chester Goode and 32-year-old John Thomas. All of them were from Brooklyn.

More than 15 people were inside the first-floor gambling den on Utica Avenue in Crown Heights when shots rang out Saturday morning. At least 15 shots were fired and three other people—two men and a woman—were also hit by bullets; all of them are expected to survive.

Eddie Baldwin told CBS2 that his brother Terence Bishop was among the four men killed. He said he was remembering “his smile, his presence, his hugs.”

“We need to put the guns down, that’s the main thing,” Baldwin said. “What was the reason? The man was innocent.”

Baldwin told the New York Post that the shooting started after "someone thought they were cheated and wanted their money back, plus other people’s money."

Police sources confirmed to the Post that the shooting appeared to have started after one of the gamblers claimed he was cheated.

Pastor Gilford Monrose said the shooting has stunned the community.

“It saddens us to see the amount of people that was killed at one time. That is unprecedented in an area like this,” Monrose said

One neighbor decried gun violence in the area: “The problem is in this community we don’t put value on life. That’s the problem.”

No one has been charged in the shooting, but police were questioning survivors and reviewing security camera footage.

"We have some individuals back at the 77th Precinct and we're trying to piece together exactly what transpired in that location," Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said.

The unlicensed club, adorned with a sign identifying it as the "Triple A Aces Private & Social Event Space," was operating on the first floor of an older wood-frame townhouse.

Shea said there was no immediate sign that the shootings had any connection to gangs, which have been a problem in that part of Brooklyn.

The shooting was the second mass killing in New York in a week. Four homeless men were beaten to death, allegedly by another homeless man, on Oct. 5 in Manhattan's Chinatown.

Until those killings, the city had been on pace to challenge its post-World War II record for the fewest homicides. Last year it had fewer than 300 in a city of more than 8.5 million people.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, said on Twitter that the city "awoke to senseless gun violence."

"I've said it before and I'll say it until I can't anymore: we have an epidemic of gun violence that spares no community — and it won't stop until we get guns off our streets once and for all," he said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)