Woman says bra stopped bullet, saved her life during shooting

BROWNSVILLE, Brooklyn (KTRK) -- Police are searching for at least two shooters after gunfire erupted during an event at a playground in Brooklyn Saturday night, leaving 12 people shot, one fatally.

The gunfire broke out toward the end of an annual community celebration, and sent people running for their lives on Saturday.

Daniesa Murdaugh was one of them. The 21-year-old says if it weren't for her bra strap, a bullet would have pierced her spine.

"My bra strap, thank God it was thick enough to save it. If it wasn't there, (the bullet) would have went deeper than it was," said Murdaugh. "You can't go outside and have fun without thinking somebody got a gun and I gotta run soon."

She says when paramedics unhooked her bra, the bullet was just sitting in the bra strap.

Murdaugh was still grazed by the bullet, but wasn't seriously injured.

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NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said six of the 11 people wounded have been released from the hospital.

O'Neill says there were more than 100 officers and anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 people at the gathering, which he called a "great event" that had been held for years.

Police recovered a gun at the playground. Investigators said they believe at least two gunmen were involved.

So far police do not have a suspect and there have been no arrests.

It is not yet clear what led to the gunfire, police say.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the incident "shattered a peaceful neighborhood event."

"I want to make really clear this tragedy does not define Brownsville, does not define the people of Brownsville, does not define what's happening on the ground in a community that has worked so hard and come so far," said the mayor.

State Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud expressed frustration with the shooting, which she called "unacceptable" and "cowardly."

"Our community mourns again. We should be able to have fun in open spaces without fear of violence," tweeted Persaud, whose district includes Brownsville. "Respect your community. We are better than the violence."

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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