When will it end?
The shooting war on the streets of New York City continued from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning with one person dead, and 11 wounded, in a half-dozen separate shootings, police officials said.
The series included a mass shooting in Crown Heights, Brooklyn that left a man dead and five others wounded.
Police believe many of the shootings are related to a gang war between the Crips and Bloods over the February murder of rapper Pop Smoke at his Los Angeles home. Five young men were recently arrested in that case over the weekend, sparking much of the violence here in New York and on the West Coast.
The mass shooting in Crown Heights took place at 2:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning at 1000 President St., near Franklin Ave.
Officers from the 71st Precinct, while responding to a 911 call, found upon arrival four people shot in front of the location: a 25-year-old woman shot in the butt; a 19-year-old man also hit in the buttocks; another 19-year-old man with a bullet to his back; and a 35-year-old man who suffered a gunshot wound to his arm.
Paramedics rushed the victims to Methodist Hospital and Kings County Medical Center; all are in stable condition, law enforcement sources said.
But two others connected to the President Street shooting wound up at Kings County Medical Center by private means. One of them, a 32-year-old man who was shot in the chest, died of his injuries. The other, a 52-year-old woman, was treated for a bullet wound to her leg.
Police sealed off the entire block of President Street, setting down markers for the spent shells that littered the pavement.
Based on a preliminary investigation, detectives learned that the shooter, described only as a Black man, fired indiscriminately at a crowd in front of the location. At this time, he remains at large.
Prior to the Crown Heights mass shooting, there were four other incidents of gun violence in New York on Tuesday night — with one of the victims critically wounded and clinging to life. Here’s a rundown of the incidents:
July 14, 7:25 p.m. – Attackers in a white Lexus shot a 40-year-old man in the chest and a 27-year-old man in the left leg in front of 927 DeKalb Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Both men were taken to Kings County Hospital in stable condition.
Detectives at the 81st Precinct Detective Squad are looking for both the Lexus and a red sedan seen escorting it.
July 14, 8:22 p.m. – Police from the 75th Precinct responded to shots fired in front of 618 Vermont Street in East New York, but found no victims, just spent shells.
They later learned, however, that a 28-year-old man had been shot at the location and wound up being taken by private means to Brookdale University Hospital. He’s listed there in stable condition.
Based on the investigation, police learned that a red Nissan pulled up to the man on Vermont Street, and a shooter inside the vehicle began firing out the car window, hitting the victim and fleeing.
July 14, 9 p.m. – A 19-year-old man is now fighting for his life after being shot in the head in front of 67 West 109th Street in Harlem. Witnesses told police that a white Mercedes pulled alongside the teen and began firing. The victim was taken to St. Luke’s Medical Center in very critical condition.
July 14, 10:56 p.m. – Two people were shot during a violent dispute in front of 1908 Belmont Ave. in the Bronx. Officers from the 48th Precinct said a 19-year-old man was shot in the right knee, and a 29-year-old woman was struck in the ankle. The woman was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital and the man was transported to Jacobi Hospital; both are expected to survive.
In addition, there were various reports of shots fired and spent shells found at locations in Bushwick, Bedford Stuyvesant and East New York. No reports of injuries in those shootings.
This shooting spree follows an emotional memorial to a 1-year-old shot and killed on Sunday evening along with four other people.
Anyone with information about any of the shootings should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.