Gunshots erupt in bloody 6-hour span in the Bronx


A shooting spree began Tuesday night across Brooklyn and the Bronx just before 4:30 p.m. on Gates Ave. near Marcy Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where a 43-year-old man was shot in the lower back, a 41-year-old man was grazed in the right arm, and a 26-year-old man was hit in the left leg, cops said. All three are expected to recover.

Just after 7 p.m., a 15-year-old girl was shot in the left leg on Laconia Ave. and E. 226th St. in the Edenwald section of the Bronx. It’s not clear if the girl, who was in stable condition at Jacobi Hospital, was the intended target, cops said.

A few minutes later, a 41-year-old man was shot in the leg on Etna St. by Nichols Ave. in Cypress Hills, in Brooklyn.

The first fatal shooting of the night happened around 7:40 p.m. near the intersection of E. 180th St. and Mohegan Ave. in Crotona, where three assailants fired off 10 rounds at three victims before fleeing, a police source said.

A 22-year-old man — the intended target of the attack, according to a police source — was hit several times. The victim was pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Medical Center.

The other two victims wounded in the attack were a 47-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the right leg and a 21-year-old man with a wound to the left leg. Both were in stable condition at St. Barnabas, police said.

Police made no immediate arrests; an investigation was underway.

At 8:20 p.m., another man was shot and wounded on E. 86th St. and Flatlands Ave. in Brooklyn.

And roughly 20 minutes later, the Bronx saw its second slaying of the night: a 23-year-old woman sitting in a parked car who was shot in the head at Sheridan Ave. and McClellan St. in Concourse.

Medics rushed her to Lincoln Hospital, but she couldn’t be saved. Police were still trying to sort out if she was the killer’s intended target.

The violence in the Bronx continued at 9:50 p.m., when 47-year-old man was shot in the head on Cruger Ave. by Burke Ave. in Williamsbridge. Medics took him to Jacobi Hospital in critical condition.

And less than 20 minutes later, a group of gunmen walked up to three men and a woman on Olinville Ave. near Boston Road in Allerton, police sources said.

Three gunmen opened fire, hitting a 21-year-old man in the head, a 33-year-old woman in the arm, a 23-year-old man in the leg and a 22-year-old man in the back, sources said. The 21-year-old victims was in critical condition, cops said.

So far this year, the city has seen an 8% increase in shootings and a 9% increase in shooting victims, with 363 people shot in 322 incidents as of Sunday. That compares with the 332 people shot in 297 incidents during the same timeframe last year.

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