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Cops: Arrest Made in 'Freaky Friday' Party Shooting


An arrest has been made in the “Freaky Friday” party shooting that took place Saturday, June 18 in East New York killing one and leaving eight injured.

According to police reports, Jonathan Thomas, 19, was arrested Thursday. He is being charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

One person was killed and eight were injured last Saturday at around 3 a.m. at 325 Wyona Street. The deceased was identified as 20 year old Donzell Rogers from Crown Heights.

Upon arrival, police noticed five people had gunshot wounds to the body and one was having chest pains. All six were rushed to the hospital. Three other victims from the same incident later walked into Brookdale Hospital.

Police say they saw three males fleeing from the scene when the arrived. The men were apprehended and a 40 caliber firearm was recovered as well.

The party had been advertised on Facebook and on flyers throughout the neighborhood calling it “Freaky Friday” featuring scantly dressed dancers.

A fight broke out when two people bumped into each other and shots were fired – maybe at least 20 say witnesses.

Members of the community said these parties were quite common and even hired ex-cops as security guards for the night.

Michelle J. Robinson contributed to this story.

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