NEW YORK (PIX11) — More than 50 people were shot in New York City over the long Fourth of July weekend, police told PIX11 News on Tuesday. Many of the shootings happened on Monday.
In Belmont, the Bronx, a man died and two other men were injured in a shooting, police said. Officers found John Edwards, 62, with a gunshot wound to his chest along Prospect Avenue near East 187th Street at around 10:30 p.m. Monday. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police also found two men, 23 and 26, with gunshot wounds to the right leg and the right arm, respectively. Officials said both victims were taken to a hospital, where they were described as stable.
Meanwhile, a bodega shooting in East New York, Brooklyn took two lives and injured a teenager, according to authorities. Two men, 23 and 19, were shot in the neck and head, respectively, along Loring Avenue near Forbell Street at around 11:40 p.m. Both succumbed to their injuries, police said. An 18-year-old victim was taken to a hospital after he was shot in the chest. Police said a suspect was taken into custody, however, police had not announced charges as of Tuesday morning.
At a barbecue in Jamaica, Queens, police said four people were shot. A woman and two men were shot in the foot, while another man was shot in the shoulder along 135th Avenue near 134th Street around 11:15 p.m. The victims were taken to a hospital, where they were reported to be in stable condition.
A shooting also happened at a barbecue in Fordham, the Bronx, according to the NYPD. A man, 23, was shot along Bainbridge Avenue near East 196th Street at around 11:55 p.m. He was taken to a hospital and listed in stable condition.
From Friday through Sunday, police said shootings spiked 60% compared to the same time period last year. There were 24 shooting incidents with 31 victims, according to police. Last year, there were 15 incidents with 19 victims in the same time period.
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