NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are trying to identify two suspects who they said were seen on surveillance video opening fire during a robbery at a playground in East Harlem, injuring three men.
It happened just after 2 a.m. Sunday at a playground located at the Carver Houses on East 104th Street.
Police said the two male suspects walked up to a group of nine males, including a 7-year-old boy, pulled out guns and demanded they hand over their belongings. When no one complied, police said the two began firing into the crowd, hitting two 19-year-old men and a 20-year-old man.
The two then fled on foot empty handed, police said.
The 20-year-old victim walked into Mt. Sinai Hospital while the two 19-year-old victims were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in stable condition. Police said one of the 19-year-olds suffered the most serious injury and is now paralyzed.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.