More gunfire erupts in Bronx, wounding 3 men in Claremont section

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Monday, July 3, 2023
9 shooting incidents since Friday across NYC
Violence erupted over the holiday weekend with at least nine shooting incidents since Friday across the five boroughs. CeFaan Kim has the story.

CLAREMONT, Bronx (WABC) -- Violence erupted over the holiday weekend with at least nine shooting incidents since Friday across the five boroughs.

That includes seven shootings in the Bronx that happened within a span of seven hours.

Three men were shot early Monday morning in the Claremont section of the Bronx inside a residential building where there may have been a large party.

The men were shot inside 400 Claremont Parkway, which also has an entrance at 1538 Webster Avenue, at around 4:35 a.m.

The shooting came hours after four people, including a 12-year-old girl, were shot blocks away, on Eastburn Avenue in Mount Hope.

The girl was an innocent bystander while a 23-year-old man shot in the thigh is believed to be the intended target.

The Claremont shooting took place hours later. In that incident a 34-year-old man was shot numerous times and taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical condition.

A 28-year-old man was shot twice in the chest. He was also taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, also in critical condition.

And a 31-year-old man who was shot once in the leg walked into Bronx Lebanon Hospital in stable condition.

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Including the earlier shooting in Mount Hope, three children have been shot in the city - one fatally - since Friday night.

Wesley Vasquez, 15, was killed in Riverbank State Park and 36-year-old Anibal Cruz has been charged with his murder.

Acting Police Commissioner Edward Caban met with a 5-year-old girl who was shot and her family has he grappled with several shootings of children on his first days on the job.

"I have children of my own and I know how I would feel as a parent," Caban said outside of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where he visited the injured girl. "Any parent can relate to that. I am here first and foremost as a parent. I spoke to the parents and let them know that they have the full weight of the NYPD behind them, and also let them know, and we will bring justice."

The 5-year-old girl was shot near a public vigil for a man fatally shot the night before, just around the block. The girl was not linked to that shooting.

The NYPD shared photos of two people of interest in that shooting. Curtis White, 26, was previously arrested in Atlanta for possession and transport of a firearm by a convicted felon and a 2015 arrest in the city for attempted murder. And 25-year-old Austin Morrishow, a reputed gang member, was on probation for possession of a firearm.

Police officials say in the past three years, there has been a record number of youth-involved shootings.

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