A 22-year-old man died on Sunday morning after gunfire erupted at a Bronx park the night before, injuring three other victims, including an 11-year-old boy.
The young victim – who is currently unidentified- was shot in the torso at Claremont Park between Teller Avenue and East 172nd Street on Saturday night, according to The New York Post.
He was pronounced deceased at BronxCare Hospital Center.
Gunshots were heard after a fight broke out at around 11.15pm, according to NYPD.
The department also reported that three unidentified male suspects ran to a white Nissan with Texas plates after the shots were fired.
The other victims shot included an 11-year-old boy who was shot in the shoulder, a 24-year-old woman who was shot twice in the torso, and another 22-year-old man who was shot in the leg.
A 22-year-old victim was shot and killed after three suspects opened fire on him and three others at a Saturday night party in Claremont Park
The other victims were injured in the shooting with two of the male victims in stable condition and a female victim in critical condition
The three suspects left the party after gunshots were heard at around 11.15pm and were seen getting into a white Nissan with Texas plates
The other shooting victims were taken to Lincoln Hospital with the two male victims found in stable condition and the female victim in critical condition.
Bronx man Eddie Alvarez told the New York Post that around 200 to 250 people were in the park at the time of the shooting.
‘I saw the gun being pointed at the crowd,’ Alvarez said. ‘I thought I was hit. He was shooting as he was leaving the park. He was shooting at everybody.’
‘It didn’t look like it was a personal altercation between two individuals.
‘It looked like he was trying to get whoever he could get. … His evil intention was there.’
Another woman, identified as Amy, was walking by the park with her 12 and six year old children when the gunshots were heard.
‘I was scared for my kids,’ she told The Post. ‘My kids were screaming ‘mommy.’
‘Everyone was all over the place,’ she said. ‘It was crazy … [I’m] never again coming to events like this, especially staying late.’
‘It is really troubling to see an 11-year-old child being shot, and I want to encourage our family members … let’s continue to put our children in safe spaces,’ mayoral candidate Eric Adams said at a press conference.
‘It is really disturbing to know that during some form of celebration someone would bring a gun and cause that level of violence.’
The three injured victims were taken to Lincoln Hospital after the shooting
The party was said to have between 200 to 250 people in attendance
Police are still investigating the incident and no arrests have been made as of yet
The shooting is still under investigation and no arrests have been made yet.
This incident comes only a week after a shooting occurred in Harlem where 31-year-old Shanice Young, a pregnant woman, was shot by her ex-boyfriend Justin Soriano.
Soriano, 40, was arrested on Thursday after gunning down Young when she was returning from a baby shower a few days earlier.
According to the NYPD, he had 17 prior arrests including gun and drug possession, selling drugs and resisting arrest.
Young and her baby, which was due in five days, died in the hospital.
‘Our hope here is that this apprehension begins the process of closure for the family and just as important for the community for this terrible, terrible crime,’ NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said during a Thursday afternoon press conference.
According to the NYPD, there has been a decrease in shooting victims but an increase in shooting incidents from last year.
There was a 0.1% decrease with 1,342 shooting victims in 2020 and 1,341 victims in 2021.
A 2.6% increase was found in incidents with 1,089 in 2020 and 1,117 in 2021.
The department also reports a 5.9% increase of felony assault cases and 3.7% increase for rape cases since last year.
There has been a decrease in other areas with a 4.4% decline in murder cases and 1.4% decline for robbery as well.
In addition, there has been a 0.9% decrease in overall crimes.