Three dead in New York City murders

New Year's Day killings
January 1, 2008 3:32:33 PM PST
It was a deadly night in two of New York City's boroughs. A man was shot and killed overnight in Brooklyn, the first homicide victim of the year. Eyewitness News' Joe Torres reports.

Two hours into the new year and the first homicide of 2008 took place in Brooklyn. Police say a 26-year-old man died after someone shot him in the chest near the intersection of Rockaway and Blake Avenues in Brownsville.

Meantime in the Bronx, Kenneth McClinton's sister mourned the loss of her brother. Police say just after 3:00 a.m. a large fight at the intersection of 183rd Street and Walton Avenue in Morris Heights ended when someone stabbed the 17-year-old twice in the stomach. The teenager was rushed to St. Barnabus Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

McClinton's 15-year-old cousin witnessed the killing. He told us the murder weapon was a large kitchen knife, that his cousin was stabbed outside that restaurant, saying he stumbled across walton avenue before he collapsed here on the sidewalk.

Dectives in the 46th Precinct are handling the investigation. Cops wouldn't say if an NYPD security camera posted at the very same intersection captured the stabbing.

Lastly, police still don't know the gunman behind the city's third New Year's Day murder. Investigators say this one happened at 3:30 Tuesday morning on the second floor of a Bronx Park South apartment building. The 28-year-old victim was shot numerous times. The motive for the shooting is unclear.