1 dead, 2 injured in Queens, marking first homicide of New Year in New York City

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Police are investigating the first homicide of the New Year in New York City.

It has been been a violent start to 2021.

At least seven people have been shot already in the city.

That includes a triple shooting outside a Queens hotel that was fatal.

A group who rented a room at the Umbrella Hotel for a New Year's Eve party got into a street dispute with another group.

A 20-year-old man died in front of the hotel on Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens just after 1:10 a.m.

A 40-year-old man and a 20-year-old man were taken to the hospital.

So far, police have not made any arrests. The investigation is ongoing.

"Today's fatal shooting at the Umbrella Hotel near Queens Borough Hall was a sad and troubling way to start the New Year," Queens Borough President Donovan Richards said in a statement. "Whoever is responsible for this heinous crime must swiftly be brought to justice. It is also time for the Umbrella Hotel, which has already been cited for numerous public safety violations, to be shut down. This hotel is a public nuisance that has no place in Kew Gardens or anywhere in our Borough or City. The hotel's guests and residents of the surrounding community should not be subjected to its dangerous conditions."

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The woman is expected to recover from her injuries.

In a separate incident, a 33-year-old woman was struck by a stray bullet that traveled through her bedroom window in Brooklyn.

The victim was inside her home on Lincoln Avenue in the City Line section of Brooklyn when she was shot just after midnight.

She was hit in the leg and taken to Brookdale University Hospital in stable condition.

The city ended last year with at least 462 homicides, the last was a 26-year-old man shot in a car in the Jamaica section of Queens Thursday night.

That's a 44% increase in murders from 2019.

The city doubled the number of shooting incidents and shooting victims last year. Shooting incidents were up 97%. Shooting victims were up 102%.

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