Another bloody Saturday in New York City left two people dead and 19 more hurt in at least a dozen shootings over a span of 14 hours, police said.
Between 11 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday, police recorded 12 shootings across four boroughs, part of a disturbing climb in gunfire over the past several weeks to levels not seen since the 1990s.
A man and a woman were shot dead near Livonia and Van Siclen Avenues Saturday afternoon apparently by a gunman in a trench coat and blonde wig the latest victims of the troubling trend.
The bloodshed began late Friday, when one person was shot in the head near East 167th Street and Boston Road around 11 p.m. Friday in the Bronx, police said. The victim, 20, was taken to Lincoln Hospital in critical condition.
Then a second gunshot victim was left clinging to life after someone opened fire when a fight broke out at a house party near Dewitt Avenue and Avenue D in East New York around 3 am Saturday, police said. The victim and another injured man were taken to Brookdale Hospital with gunshot wounds, according to police. A third victim walked himself to Kings County Hospital Center; all three ranged in age from 20 to 40, authorities said.
In Canarsie, two 26-year-old men were shot in a drive-by shooting around 1 am, police said. Cops found the victims — one with a gunshot wound to the leg and the other shot in the buttocks — outside 9406 Avenue K, along with nine shell casings scattered nearby.
Around the same time bullets flew on Avenue K, a man was allegedly shot in Central Park by a drunken stranger who tried to take over his soccer game, according to authorities in charge which left the NYC in pains and worrisome.