A 10-year-old boy was shot in his stomach and died and a 29-year-old man was injured after an alleged argument with a neighbor on Saturday night as gun violence in the Big Apple continues to surge.
The boy and the man were walking into a building at 342 Beach 45th St. in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens around 9:30 p.m. when they were shot.
Police told the New York Daily News that the boy and man were related, though their relationship was not immediately clear.
The boy was rushed to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital where he was pronounced dead while the man, who lives at that address, was hit in the shoulder and taken to Jamaica Hospital. The man is expected to survive, sources told the New York Post.
The sources told the outlet that the victims had been in an argument with a neighbor earlier in the night before they were shot.
A man who the New York Post identified as Jacob recounted to the outlet that members of his family, who were having a cookout around the block, told him they saw people arguing outside the home when the victims were shot.
‘They saw a guy pull up in a car and start arguing. They said someone went into the house. After that I guess they were arguing,’ Jacob said.
Cops are searching for a black SUV and no arrests have been made.
In another incident in the Bronx borough of New York City, cops are hunting for a man who shot a 12-year-old girl in the left ankle and a 25-year-old man in the chest around 6 p.m., the New York Post reported. Cops said that two suspects then fled.
In yet another Bronx shooting on Saturday, an 18-year-old was shot in the calf and a 20-year-old was shot in the foot before they were both taken to Jacobi Hospital where they are expected to recover, the outlet reported.
NYPD data shows that gun violence and shooting victims continue to surge in New York City even as the number of murders fell from 13 in 2020 to 6 in 2021 for the week of May 24 to May 30. That marks a 52.8 percent drop year-over-year.
There have been 173 total murders this year so far as of May 30, with just 147 by the same date in 2020 – marking a 17.7% increase year-over-year.
The murder rate appears to have fallen some year-over-year for the week of May 24 to May 30 compared to earlier weeks in April and May.
NYPD data shows that for the week of May 5 to May 9, there were nine murders in New York City – compare to two in 2020, marking a 350% increase year-over-year.
By that time, there were a total of 146 murders in New York City in 2021 compared to 115 by the same date in 2020, then a 27% increase.
It was not immediately clear why the murder rates appear to be declining again even as the city continues to grip with the alarming spate of gun violence.
The NYPD recorded 35 shooting victims for the May 24-30 recording period in 2021, up 45.8% from the 24 shooting victims for the same period in 2020. So far this year there have been a whopping number of 637 shooting victims by May 30, with just 360 by the same point last year – for an increase of 76.9%.
The number of shooting incidents were also up 43.5% in 2021 from 2020 for May 24 to May 30 recording period. There were 33 shooting incidents in 2021 compared to 23 shooting incidents in 2020 for that time frame.
There have been 564 shooting incidents so far this year compared to just 318 last year, for an increase of 77.4%.
The category of crimes that have seen the largest jump from 2020 to 2021 are hate crimes, which climbed 104.3% year-over-year by May 30. There have been 239 hate crimes in 2021 with 117 by the same date in 2020. There were 14 hate crimes recorded in the Big Apple for the week of May 24 to May 30.