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Violent weekend sparks call to renew ‘stop and frisk’

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NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) – A wave of weekend violence killed at least three people and wounded at least 17 others across all five boroughs.

At least nine people were shot in Brooklyn; five in Manhattan; four in the Bronx; one each in Queens and Staten Island starting Saturday.

A 12-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman were shot at 1150 College Ave. in the Concourse Village section of the Bronx. Both were recovering Monday morning at a hospital.

In Brooklyn on Saturday, a 10-year-old boy was struck by gunfire as he walked to a bodega in Coney Island. The child was shot in the leg and a man was hit in the torso, police said, releasing a surveillance image of the suspected shooter in the case.

Also in Brooklyn, a 28-year-old man was shot in the back and killed on Tapscott Street in the Brownsville section. Two others were struck by gunfire and taken to a hospital.

Four people were shot inside a park near East 135th Street and Harlem River Drive in Manhattan, police said. Another shooting on Amboy Road on Staten Island left a 42-year-old man in critical condition.

NYPD said it has deployed extra patrols in light of the violent summer weekend, but some say that isn’t enough to stop the bloodshed.

Councilman Eric Ulrich criticized a recent change in policy for the apparent spike in violence.

“The rash of gun violence this weekend … should serve as a wakeup call to Mayor de Blasio,” Ulrich said in a statement. “These shootings contradict two decades of crime reduction in our city and make the strongest case for bringing back stop, question and frisk.”

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