Newsman: Ten people were shot including 7 by standers in Corona Queens Saturday night. The NYPD reported that 18 people were shot in the span of 24 hours on Saturday in six shooting incidents.
In queens, multiple guns were on the scene, scooters being used in masks according to police video footage. Multiple rounds were fired, hitting 10 people including eight men and two women.The victims range in age from 19 to 72.
They were all taken to nearby hospitals where they are expected to survive. The most serious injury was a gunshot wound to one victim’s stomach.
An extensive crime scene remained in Queens Sunday at the site where 10 people were shot hours earlier on Saturday night. Police shut down five blocks of 37th Avenue while they investigated.
Meanwhile a man said as bystander was shot in the chest while standing at an intersection in Brooklyn. The 26-year-old victim was also shot in the arm. He says that he heard shots and felt pain. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition ABC reports on the incident.The shooting happened on S. 3rd St. and Roebling Street in Williamsburg.Top of FormBottom of FormPolice are still looking for the suspect.
In Queens it was around 10:40 p.m. Saturday when two men opened fire near the corner of 98th Street and 37th Ave, border line of Jackson heights. After the shooting, they jumped aboard two waiting mopeds driven by two other men and took off.
“There’s just one common theme, I want to get out there, that’s a recurring theme that keeps happening, and it has to stop throughout the city. That’s gang members. That’s guns, multiple guns on the scene, scooters being used, masks. And lastly, unintended targets getting hit. This is unacceptable on our streets in New York City, and it has to stop,” said Chief of Detectives James Essig, NYPD.
Police say that just three of the 10 injured people were the intended targets of the shooting. There was a birthday party going on at a nearby restaurant and the sidewalk was crowded.
In new video obtained by Eyewitness News,shows two men are seen standing next to a red car. They dive, roll and run as two gunmen approach on foot with weapons out on 37th Avenue.
“Two guys just stick their arms out down a very crowded street,” Chief of Detectives James Essig said. He noted they recovered at least 40 shell casings and deformed bullets at the scene.
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The NYPD said in a press conference, the shooting was gang-involved.
“They know the area that’s why they were wearing masks,” said Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes, NYPD.
“Cameras don’t take the place of police officers,” Holmes said in her plea for more officers on the street, but she reinforced that they need the public’s help.
The candidates for mayor of New York City also spoke out on the violence.
“This level of extreme violence should be unimaginable for New York, but it is now our disturbing reality. We need a guns and gangs task force that creates unprecedented coordination between all levels of government. We need it now,” tweeted Brooklyn Borough President and Democratic Candidate for Mayor Eric Adams.