Detectives are looking into two violent homicides that occurred Saturday night and early Sunday morning inside a Queens apartment building and a Manhattan homeless shelter, respectively.
The two murders, coupled with a reported increase in homicides this year, have the city on track to eclipse 300 such cases by year’s end. If the deadly trend holds up, it’ll be the first time since 2016 in which the city saw more than 300 homicides in a calendar year.
Regarding the Queens murder, a 53-year-old man was stabbed multiple times in the chest inside an apartment house on Sutphin Boulevard across the street from Baisley Pond Park.
Officers from the 113th Precinct discovered the unidentified victim upon responding to a 911 call regarding an unconscious male at the location. Paramedics rushed the man to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police have withheld his identity, pending family notification.
It was the second high-profile murder case in Queens this weekend. On Friday night, a 28-year-old woman in Ozone Park was stabbed to death by her husband, who wound up killing himself in a Howard Beach park.
Then on Sunday morning, two men were stabbed — one of whom suffered fatal injuries — inside the Basics Housing Men’s Homeless Shelter on the Upper West Side at 106 West 83rd St.
Officers from the 20th Precinct responded to a 911 call about the assault at the shelter just after 1:53 a.m. on Nov. 10. Upon arriving, they found a 36-year-old man on the first floor with a stab wound to his torso.
Cops then went to the third floor and found a 22-year-old man, unconscious and unresponsive, with stab wounds to his chest.
According to information obtained by police, the two men had been involved in a knife fight.
Paramedics rushed both injured men to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital. The 22-year-old man was pronounced dead, while the 36-year-old man was listed in stable condition. Police have placed the 36-year-old man in custody, with charges pending the ongoing investigation.
Neither man has yet to be identified.
On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and police officials announced a total of 276 homicides across New York City for the year, up 4 percent from the year before at 259. The NYPD recorded 289 murders in 2018, three fewer than the 292 recorded in 2017.
Even with an anticipated increase in homicides this year, the death toll is still far below the murder rate of 1990, in which 2,245 people were killed at the height of the crack epidemic.
Incoming Commissioner Dermot Shea said most of the homicides and shootings this year were either gang- or drug-related.