Violent weekend in New York City leaves 17 people shot

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Lucy Yang has the details from Gowanus. (WABC)

At least 17 people were shot in a wave of violence over the weekend that touched all five boroughs in New York City.

Among the victims was 10-year-old El-Hadi Abdel-Rahman from Coney Island, who was innocently walking to a bodega for something to drink when someone opened fire. The young boy was struck in the leg, and another man was struck in the torso.

Since Saturday night, gunfire killed five people and wounded at least 12 others.

It marks the third time in June that at least a dozen people were shot over a weekend. But police commissioner William Bratton says the number of shootings is actually lower than this time last year, and that 1,200 additional officers will be hitting the streets this week.

They include 600 new officers who are graduating Monday from the Police Academy. They will be partnered with veteran officers and sent out to target the most violent, crime-ridden neighborhoods in the city.

Despite the extra patrols, this wild weekend of gunfire is alarming to many. Bishop Eric Garnes with the National Action Network said he wouldn't mind revisiting the concept of stop and present as long as it doesn't morph into a blanket license for racial profiling.

Bishop Garnes is calling for police to do their jobs without violating rights. He is also calling on parents to know what their children are carrying, and is also calling on neighbors to report on criminals even if they are their friends.


In Brooklyn, authorities say three people were shot on Tapscott Street in Brownsville at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. A 28-year old man was shot in the back and pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital. Two other victims are in stable condition. There have been no arrests.

Another shooting occurred at Wortman Avenue and Vermont Street in the East New York section. In that incident, one man was taken to Brookdale Medical Center in critical condition.

And in Coney Island, a 10-year old boy and a 25-year old adult male are in stable condition after shots rang out on Mermaid Avenue. Police released a surveillance image of the suspected gunman.

The most recent shooting in Brooklyn occured in the East Flatbush section on 288 East 37th Street around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Two men were shot and were taken to Kings County Hospital.


A man was shot repeatedly in the foot at 10:55 p.m. Saturday at East 99th Street and 2nd Avenue. He was taken to Metropolitan Hospital.

Also in Manhattan, police say four people were shot just after 2 a.m. inside a park at 45 East 135th Street and Harlem River Drive.


In the Bronx early Monday, a man was shot in the neck on Gunther Avenue and pronounced dead at Jacobi Hospital.

Another man was shot in the torso in the Jerome Park section just before 5 a.m. Sunday. He was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he died Sunday evening.

And just after midnight Sunday, a man was shot, reportedly in the back, near 730 Kelly Street. He was taken to Lincoln Hospital in serious condition.

Late Sunday night a 12-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman were shot in the leg at 1150 College Avenue in the Concourse Village section. They were both taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital.


In Queens, a man was fatally shot in the head in front of 120-47 219th Street in Cambria Heights. He has been identified as 33-year old Jason Bragg of the Bronx.


A shooting on Staten Island, left a man in critical condition. The 42-year old man was shot in the face on Amboy Road in New Dorp just after 3 a.m. Sunday. Police say he was arguing with another man before the gunfire, and the suspect took off in a dark-colored pickup truck. The victim is being treated at Staten Island University Hospital.

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