Tuesday, August 22, 2023 8:58AM
VALLEY STREAM, Long Island (WABC) — Police are investigating a party in Nassau County that turned violent when gunfire erupted into a large crowd.
Up to three people were injured, including one person who was struck by the gunfire, authorities said.
Officials say about four shots were fired into the Valley Stream party space on Monday evening.
The crime scene stretched about three blocks along Ocean Avenue at 131st Avenue in Valley Stream. Police from at least two Nassau County precincts were on the scene.
Residents describe the party space as a storefront between a salon and a dance studio that hosts parties where people are served alcohol. Lately, there have been big crowds.
Eyewitness News reporter Sonia Rincon was told there’s also a new smoke shop on the block that’s been popular with the crowds.
One witness who was at the party told Eyewitness News that it went from calm to chaos.
“I don’t know how it got violent. I don’t know if it was an altercation,” Keith Joseph said. “It was a quiet peaceful night, maybe a little bit of music, not too loud, no violent music, no type of energy like that, we’re only here to have a good time at the end of the day. Next thing you know, a good time turned into a bad night. And they start getting a little violent.”
Joseph says he didn’t know who got violent or who got hurt and was not near where the shots were fired, but he heard people running.
Neighbors say they have been concerned about the amount of people coming and going and whether or not the party space is legal.
Nassau County Police have not revealed details on potential suspects.
The identity and condition of the person who was shot are unknown.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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