Father, 8-year-old son among 3 injured in Queens drive-by shooting: police


ST. ALBANS, Queens — A father and his young son were among three people wounded in a drive-by shooting on a residential Queens street Wednesday night, according to police.

Authorities said a dark-colored car drove up around 9:40 p.m. and opened fire on 178th street, near 119th Road, in the St. Albans neighborhood.

A man, 39, was struck in the left leg, while his 8-year-old son was wounded in the left shoulder, officials said.

Another man nearby, 57, was also struck in the right shin, police said.

All three victims were rushed to an area hospital and were expected to survive, according to an NYPD spokesperson.

No arrests had been made as of Thursday morning. Police said the investigation was ongoing.

Police sources said it was believed the father, a suspected gang member, was the intended target in the shooting. They said he’s survived two previous shootings in 2005 and 2013.

Wednesday’s shooting is a part of a disturbing trend involving gang and gun violence in New York City.

According to police, there were 505 shootings between Jan. 1 and the second week of May. The NYPD’s public database, however, shows the number of shootings is slightly lower – at 490 so far in 2021, as of May 16. Regardless, this is the highest number of shootings for this time period since 2002, data shows.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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