3 hurt in Murray Hill shootings
By Marlene Naanes
Three people were shot outside a Murray Hill church early Sunday, stunning residents and workers in the usually safe neighborhood.
The shooting occurred just after 4 a.m. near the St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral at East 34th Street and Second Avenue, police said. 1010 WINS reported that the victims were leaving a party at the church when the shooting occurred, which police did not confirm.
None of the victims had life-threatening injuries. They were taken to Bellevue Hospital, where they remained in stable condition yesterday afternoon, police said.
The motive of the shooting remains unclear, and no arrests have been made, police said.
A 38-year-old man was shot in the back, a 21-year-old woman was shot in the leg and a 17-year-old boy was shot in the foot.While teeming with nightspots, Murray Hill is a relatively safe and quiet neighborhood with low instances of violent crime. Residents and workers said parties are common in the churchs basement, but were surprised to hear one had turned so violent.
Its a quiet family areatheres no reason to have trouble around here, said Spiro Argyros, who works at the Gemini Diner, which is across the street from the Armenian church. I dont know why this happened.
So far this year, the 17th Precinct, which covers Murray Hill among other neighborhoods, reported one murder and 66 felony assaults. among the lowest number of those crimes in Manhattan precincts.
The shootings happened in the same area on Second Avenue where a man stole knives from a restaurant and stabbed two people before police shot him in October 2007. The man, Lee Coleman, and his victims survived. Coleman was sentenced to 16 years in prison in October.
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