HARLEM, Manhattan (WABC) – Nine people were killed, one of them fatally, when a shooting occurred in Harlem during the night.
Seven men and two women, aged between 21 and 42, were hit in the area of Fifth Avenue and East 139th Street just after 12:35 a.m. Monday.
The victims were enjoying an evening meeting when the shots rang.
An area resident told Eyewitness News that there were so many shots he couldn’t believe his ears.
“I was sitting in my living room and all I heard were sporadic shots,” she said. “It was like, ‘Point, pull, pull!’. And then he stopped and grabbed again, ‘Brum, brum!’ You know, there were so many shots. At first I thought they were fireworks and then I thought, ‘No, it can’t be.’ “
At first, police were told that two groups were shooting at each other at the scene.
“We just thought it was a meeting, a barbecue, of that nature,” said New York City Police Deputy Chief Brian McGee.
LOOK: Where the shot went off and where the victims fled
Five of the victims were initially found shot on a trail on Harlem River Drive. The others arrived at Harlem Hospital.
A 21-year-old man was pronounced dead at Lincoln Hospital.
The other eight victims are believed to have had injuries that did not endanger their lives.
Many of the victims were shot in the torso. There were also injuries to the legs, back and even fingers of people.
A pistol was recovered at the scene.
No arrests were made immediately and it was not clear what caused the shooting.
The police are asking for the help of the citizens while the investigation of this fact continues.
Call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, 1-888-57-TRACK (74782). You can also send tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by sending messages to Twitter @NYPDTips.
As of June 20, there have been 277 mass shootings in the U.S. since the beginning of the year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
There were 692 mass shootings in 2021, 611 in 2020 and 417 in 2019.
Gun Violence Archive defines mass shooting as shooting with four or more people injured or killed, not including the perpetrator.
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