Sunday 1 November 2020

Shooting in New York since 17 September: 2 dead, 12 injured

Three incidents of shooting were reported in New York in as many days, involving what is suspected to be two or more gangs of thieves, since Thursday

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Two people were killed and more than 12 others were injured when a person, with suspected accomplices, opened fire at a backyard party in Rochester in upstate New York, the United States. While local officials and witnesses said no one had been arrested for the shooting yet, there was soon a report saying the police had arrested 10 people in connection with the act of terrorism. The police could make the arrests following a six-hour standoff at a Brooklyn home.

The terrorist is a male Hispanic, 20-30 years of age. Police have published a photo of the suspect.

Police found a 44-year-old woman was found at 4 PM on Thursday. She was shot in the arm and torso inside of apartment 4M of 420 West 206th Street in Hamilton Heights, Manhattan. Police from the 34th Precinct said the EMS declared the victim ‘dead at the scene’.

The second fatal shooting occurred at the same time on 17 September. Police received a 911 call of a man shot at 662 East 141st Street inside the La Victoria Grocery in the Bronx. Police from the 40th Precinct found the 33-year-old man shot in the neck and torso. The cops rushed him to Lincoln Hospital, but he later died of his wounds.

The second victim was Felix Medina, 33, of Concorde Avenue in the Bronx. Police say it appears the firing occurred after a dispute and suspects were being sought.

Shooting in New York since 17 September: 2 dead, 12 injured [Luis German Espinoza AcunaArizona Department of Public Safety]
Luis German Espinoza Acuna
Arizona Department of Public Safety

The third shooting occurred at 4:43 AM yesterday. The gang shot a 31-year-old man in the left leg during a dispute on 445 Marion Street in East New York, Brooklyn. Police from the 73rd Precinct said the victim told them that he was in the middle of an altercation with individuals. He heard shots and felt pain. Neighbours took him by a private vehicle to the Interfaith Hospital, from where he has been reported to be in a stable condition.

The shooting recurred before 12:30 AM today when several people called 911 to report shooting near Goodman Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. More than 100 people had gathered outside, they told the police.

Police response to shooting

Interim Police Chief Mark Simmons said about the incident today that the first responders had found a “chaotic scene” with multiple victims. “It appears to be some type of backyard party that the police department, up until the point the 911 calls came in for the shots fired, was not aware of,” he said.

At least 16 people had been shot at. That includes a man and a woman who died of their injuries as reported above,

Simmons said, “Those killed were between the ages of 18 and 22,” but their names were not immediately disclosed.

While details of today’s shooting were sketchy initially, “family members around me are crying and consoling each other,” journalist Tyler Brown said.

Yesterday’s shooting incident

Police say the incident began at about 1 AM when two groups clashed in front of 54 Hubbard Street in Flatlands Brooklyn and several people began firing at one another, damaging several properties in the locality.

Witnesses, who under the condition of anonymity, said they heard at least eight shots and saw pandemonium on the streets. Neighbours say the well-maintained three-story house, the crime scene, was “a foster home” to a number of young people, some of who were no longer minors, but were still living in the house.

Police from the 63rd Precinct arrived and found that the combatants had barricaded themselves inside. This required the response of heavily armed emergency service officers. At one point, police in armoured vehicles and with heavy weapons surrounded the house, but occupants continued to refuse to surrender.

At about 7 AM, nine of the occupants emerged, including the owner of the house and a girl. Police from the 63rd Precinct surrounded the house and obtained a search warrant. A tenth person surrendered late in the afternoon after hiding inside since the beginning of the siege.

Police emergency services with K-9 then searched the house again to make sure nobody else was inside.

Gangs of thieves on drugs?

Law enforcement officials found numerous guns, stolen property and large quantities of marijuana on conducting a search.

The police charged 10 people, between the ages of 20-44, with a bevvy of offences. They include three counts of possession of firearms, possession of stolen properties, tampering with evidence, obstructing government administration and possession of unspecified amounts of marijuana.

The cops charged a 28-year-old man additionally with reckless endangerment for shooting in the street that brought the army of policemen to the scene. The police have not been able to arrest another group that was involved in the dispute that led to the shooting.

“There are always parties there and there are people overflowing into the street all the time,” a neighbour said. “Last year, there was a shooting there too and the police came and arrested someone. There’s always something happening there.”

Police say the house may be a gathering point for a local gang but did not specify which gang may have been involved.

The cops attribute much of the violence on the streets of the city to gang activity, resulting in a summer of violence.

Police seek information

The NYPD is seeking public assistance in identifying the following person of interest wanted for questioning in connection to a shooting in Flatbush, Brooklyn, on Sunday, 30 August.
At about 5:43 AM, a 32-year-old man got embroiled in a violent dispute with another man that resulted in a leg injury of a victim by a bullet. This happened in front of 892 Flatbush Avenue.

The assailant then fled on foot in an unknown direction. The victim was taken to Woodhull in stable condition. 

Anyone with information in regard to this incident or any of the other incidents of shooting may call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can alternatively submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.

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