NEW YORK (CBS 2) — It was a bloody morning in the Bronx on Saturday, with more than a dozen shooting victims in the city’s northern borough and two teens killed.
Now, police and borough officials are desperately trying to stop the rash of gunfire, reports CBS 2′s Pablo Guzman.
All over the Bronx Saturday, crime scene tape was sprouting like weeds. Throughout the borough, as many as 14 people were shot in nine different neighborhoods. Just a short walk from Yankee Stadium, a neighborhood is mourning the murder of 16-year-old Alexis Abreu.
“It’s sad, everybody’s sad,” friend Maser Herrera said. “It’s our friend; everybody’s hurt.”
Police say Abreu was already home when, for some reason, he stepped outside at about 3 a.m., and was shot in the back.
Another shooting occurred over at the Grand Concourse, by 171st Street. Police say that when someone answered a knock – there was a party going on – two men opened fire, shooting four people at random.
Demetrius Jones, 19, whom friends referred to as “Demetri” or “Ali,” was killed.
“It was a little kid party. It wasn’t for grown-ups, nothing like that,” friend Douglas Edwards said. “You wouldn’t expect nothing like that to happen, because everybody really knows each other. For somebody to do that, that really hurts, that really hits home.”
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. issued the following statement: “Last night’s wave of violence is extremely alarming… The summer is supposed to be a time to relax with family and friends without fear of losing one’s life.”
It’s believed that the string of shootings in the Bronx began in the Castle Hill section, where three people were shot, including a young woman. After that shooting, the violence continued, leaving as many as 14 people shot and two teens dead.