The city’s 12-day stretch without a homicide came to a bloody end this weekend with the shooting death of a 28-year-old Queens man.
Eric Roman died Saturday at Jamaica Hospital, where he was taken Friday night after he was shot twice in the head, as well as a hand and leg, on the steps of his Ozone Park home on 89th Street off Atlantic Avenue around 11:51 a.m., according to police.
Police are looking for two suspects connected to the gruesome shooting—one man wearing a black, half-faced mask, black jacket and hooded sweatshirt, and another man in camouflage pants and a dark jacket and hooded sweatshirt, according to the NYPD.
Roman was alone during the attack, but had been with a friend at a Gold’s Gym on Cross Bay Boulevard before the shooting, according to police. The shooting is under investigation
Meanwhile, police are also investigating the death of a 56-year-old man whose body was found in the basement of a Flushing home Saturday morning. The body had head trauma; the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death. An EMS crew at the home pronounced him dead at the scene after police following up on a report at 8:37 a.m. on Saturday found the victim unconscious and unresponsive.
The NYPD have not yet released the man’s identification, pending family notification.
February 2014 saw a 10-day streak without a reported homicide in the city.
The number of murders this year, however, is already outpacing 2014. There were 39 murders through Feb. 1, compared to 33 murders during the same period last year, according to NYPD CompStat figures. There has also been an increase in people shot, with 117 shooting victims compared to 90 in 2013.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Friday, was right in being superstitious when he shushed Charlie Rose during a CBS interview where the streak came up.
“We don’t want to jinx it."