Starting on Saturday afternoon and ending in the early hours the next day, four people were killed in separate shootings throughout the city.
The shootings began on Saturday just after 4:00 PM in Queens, where a man was shot outside a housing complex located at E. 36th Avenue and 14th Street in Astoria.
After responding to a call for an assault at the location, police found 20-year-old Jerrel Lewis with a gunshot wound to his torso. EMS transported him to Mount Sinai Hospital Queens where he was pronounced dead. Police said that Lewis was a resident of the nearby Queensbridge Houses.
Hours later, the chaos resumed in Staten Island where at 10:07 PM officers responded to a 911 call for shots fired at 10 Holland Avenue in Port Ivory.
After they arrived, police found an unidentified male in his 30’s in a Dodge Durango SUV with a gunshot wound to his head. Police reported that the man was unresponsive and EMTs pronounced him dead at the scene.
In Brooklyn minutes later, police raced to a call of an assault at 80th E 93rd Street in Brownsville.
At the scene, responding officers found a male with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. EMS transported the man to Kings County Hospital but he was not able to be saved. Officials have not released the victim’s identity.
The last shooting was in Manhattan at 3:00 AM Sunday.
Officers responded to a call for shots fired at the intersection of Broadway and W 175 St in Washington Heights. Upon their arrival, police found 27-year-old Yadel Garcia with gunshot wounds to the back and chest. Garcia was rushed to nearby Columbia Presbyterian Hospital by private means where he was pronounced dead.
As of this writing, the NYPD has not taken anyone into custody for these shootings.
According to crime statistics provided by the NYPD, by this date in 2016 there were 1,096 shooting victims. So far in 2017, there have been 860, a 21.5% decrease.
Reporting and story by Brendan Walsh.
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