NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One person was killed and at least eight were injured in four different shootings across New York City on Tuesday.
The shootings took place across three boroughs in only a few hours.
Police say a group of young men were standing in the back of the housing complex when a male suspect got out of a blue Jeep, walked up to the group, pulled out a gun and started shooting.
“I was upstairs at my grandma’s house. I heard the shots, boom boom boom boom,” one man told CBS2’s Ali Bauman.
“Heard a lot of screaming and shooting, whole bunch of shots, then everybody started running,” one woman said.
Four people, between the ages of 17 and 21, were shot.
The suspect then got back in the Jeep and drove off on 36th Avenue.
All four victims were taken to a local hospital. It’s unclear if they were the intended targets.
Police say the 21-year-old was shot in the head and was last reported to be in critical condition.
Two victims were shot in the back and one victim was shot in the leg. All three are expected to survive.
No arrests have been made.
“This is happening way too much. Especially this summer, in the pandemic. It’s pretty sad,” Astoria resident Ahmed Chowdhury said.
Within the next two hours, three men were shot in Harlem and Washington Heights, all expected to survive.
Then, before the sun even set in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a 26-year-old man was shot in the head by Kings Highway and pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The victim’s mother later returned to the scene in agony.
“You gotta watch where you’re going, look where you’re going, ’cause you’re scared to come outside,” one woman said.
NYPD data shows as of Monday, shootings are up 82% citywide so far this year compared to the same time last year, with gun arrests down 8%.
“I know a lot of people want to defund the police, and that could be a thing, but we also need to make sure that we’re safe,” Chowdhury said.
“We need the police, simple,” one woman said.
One person has been taken into custody in connection to the shooting in Harlem. No arrests have been made in the other incidents.
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