NYC SHOOTINGS: Three arrested for Bronx and Queens murders

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Detectives nabbed three men in connection with a pair of separate homicides in Queens and the Bronx last month, the NYPD announced Thursday morning.

Antoine Scriber, 18, of Jackson Avenue in the Bronx and Justin Polanco, 18, of West 172nd Street in Washington Heights were booked on June 9 for their alleged roles in the May 25 slaying of Ariel Santos, 32, in the Belmont section of the Bronx.

Cops said Santos was gunned down during a dispute at the corner of East 178th Street and Arthur Avenue at about 6 p.m. on May 25. 

Officers from the 48th Precinct found him shot multiple times about the torso. EMS units rushed him to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Detectives did not have details about what sparked the dispute that led to the shooting. Both Scriber and Polanco were linked to the crime through investigative work, law enforcement sources said.

They both face charges of murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon.

Regarding the Queens case, detectives arrested Asa Wright, 37, of Ditmars Boulevard in East Elmhurst on June 8 for allegedly killing Michael Moran, 30, of Farmingdale during a May 30 incident.

Officers from the 115th Precinct found Moran shot multiple times in the chest and neck while responding to a 911 call at a home on 94th Street between 30th Avenue and Astoria Boulevard at around 11:38 p.m. on May 30.

EMS units rushed Moran to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police sources said Moran and Wright were known to each other and had been engaged in an ongoing dispute that culminated with the shooting. Detectives linked Wright to the crime through “investigative work,” law enforcement sources said.

Wright faces charges of murder, manslaughter, criminal possession of a weapon and unlawful imprisonment.

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