Several shootings have been reported near the route of New York City's West Indian Day Parade just hours before its start.

The New York Police Department says a 55-year-old man was shot and killed at 3:30 a.m. Monday in Brooklyn's Crown Heights. A suspect is in custody.

Police say they're still gathering information about other shootings in the vicinity.

The parade has been scarred in recent years by violence nearby. Police are taking steps to keep the event safe, including keeping tabs on any gang activity

The parade is one of the year's biggest outdoor events — and political see-and-be-seen spots. It's set to start at 11 a.m.

The parade is a prime place for officeholders and candidates to greet the public the week before Primary Day.