Police said that 5 innocent people including two boys, 10-year-old and 14-year-old, were shot in Bronx on Wednesday by a man firing into a crowd. The shooting created chaos on a block with stores, a daycare center, and students going to after-school classes on the day before Thanksgiving.
Police said that the injuries sustained by the people on the shooting at the Courtlandt Avenue near East 151st Street in the Melrose neighborhood were life-threatening. Apart from the two children, the other victims were one 20-year-old man and two women, ages 35 and 19, the police said.
The officials stated that four of the five victims were taken to Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx and the 10-year-old was taken separately to Harlem Hospital Center in Manhattan.
According to police, no arrest has been made regarding the incidents. The police described the gunman was a man wearing a black jacket and he is in his 20s.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter that “We’re praying for the swift recovery of the five people — including two children — struck by gunfire in the Bronx tonight.”
The manager of Courtlandt Wine & Liquor on Courtlandt Avenue near 151st Street, Adam Lin stated that he had heard gunfire in the region before, but he thought the noise he heard on Wednesday just before 4 p.m. was from a construction project nearby.
“I was not sure until I saw the people in the street and people ran into my store,” Mr. Lin said. Behind him, a worker was mopping blood off the floor wearing disposable blue gloves.
Mr. Lin stated that about a half-dozen people hurried into the store after he heard the gunfire and that a woman in the crowd told him three of them, including “a little boy,” had been shot. They were crying and “seemed scared,” Mr. Lin stated. He said that someone in the crowd stated that “He is my brother.”
Mr. Lin said that after he called 911 police arrived at the scene.
William Polson, who works at a deli up the block, stated he saw three people taken out of the liquor store on stretchers. Mr. Polson stated that an ambulance took a fourth person, a man who had been lying on the curb, away.
Mr. Polson said that “He was bleeding greatly.”
The neighborhood is in the 40th Precinct, a part of the South Bronx that is two and a half square miles and that covers the Mott Haven neighborhoods. The area has traditionally counted among New York City’s highest rates of serious crime, which the police largely blame to rival gangs fighting for command of the area’s dense concentration of public housing complexes.
According to most recent police data, the area has encountered fewer serious crimes this year than it did in the comparable period last year, with firings specifically down.
From 2014 to 2017, the area bucked a citywide aim of declining crime. And even as crime in the region fell over the past two years, the 40th Precinct still ranks No. 4 among the city’s 77 precincts for the total number of dangerous crimes.