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Three dead in weekend of shootings across New York City amid the pandemic

A 31 year old man was shot and killed during a shooting in front of 232 Buffalo Avenue off of Sterling Place on Saturday, April 11th. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

Even as New Yorkers shelter in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, it didn’t prevent a spate of violence across Brooklyn and Manhattan this weekend that left three people dead.

The first homicide occurred just after 8 p.m. on April 11 in front of 232 Buffalo Ave. in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, next to a homeless shelter run by the Department of Homeless Services.

When cops from the 77th Precinct arrived, they found 31-year-old Paul Hoilett, a resident of Atlantic Avenue in Brownsville, shot once in the head. Paramedics rushed him to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The NYPD is asking for assistance in identifying the suspect from a photo from a surveillance video.

Cops described the perpetrator as a man with a medium complexion, short hair, and a thin build, standing 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, a white t-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers, and fleeing the scene in a white Jeep Renegade SUV.

Last summer, on Aug. 8, 2019, four people were shot in front of the same location. A memorial garden was set up nearby for one of those who died in that attack.

The second weekend shooting occurred at 8:20 p.m. on April 11 at the corner of East 112th Street and First Avenue in East Harlem.

Officers from the 23rd Precinct responded and found three men shot, two of them with multiple gunshot wounds to various parts of the body, police officials said.

Two of the injured men, ages 41 and 40, died of their injuries at Metropolitan Hospital and Harlem Hospital, respectively. A third wounded man, age 38, is in critical condition at Metropolitan Hospital.

The deceased victims’ identities were not yet disclosed by police.

No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation is ongoing by the 23rd Precinct Detective Squad.

Another person was reported shot at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday at 608 East 86th Street near Farragut Road in Canarsie, Brooklyn.

The victim, a 30-year-old man, was shot once in the abdomen and rushed to Kings County Hospital in serious condition. No arrests have been made, and the 69th Precinct Detective Squad is investigating the case.

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

Cops investigate homicide scene in Crown Heights. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

The rise in violence comes as the NYPD is down 18.6% of their members, though an improvement over this difficult week for the department in which it saw almost 20% of the department out sick. Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Friday that more than 500 cops had returned to duty after reporting sick.

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