Five men were hospitalized, one with critical injuries, after they were hit by gunfire in two separate Brooklyn shootings on Christmas Eve, police said Saturday.
Bullets flew about 11:50 p.m. on Friday when a gunman opened fire on four men outside a deli near the corner of Nostrand Ave. and Sterling St. in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, cops said.
When police arrived at the scene, a 50-year-old man had been shot in the buttocks and a 41-year-old man had been hit in the thigh. EMS took both victims to Kings County Hospital.
A short time later, two other men wounded in the shooting — a 39-year-old who had been shot in the back and a 42-year-old man who had been shot in the foot — hobbled into Kings County Hospital looking for medical care.
The victims confirmed that they were at the scene of the shooting, but wouldn’t elaborate on what happened, a police source with knowledge of the case said.
An hour and a half later and about 2 miles away, a 20-year-old man was shot in the back in a separate attack on Avenue D near E. 46th St. in East Flatbush.
EMS rushed the victim to Brookdale University Hospital with a minor injury.
No arrests have been made in either case, cops said.