Another wave of bloody violence plagued the Big Apple ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, with one dead and several injured in a slew of early Friday shootings and knife attacks — including one set off by fireworks.
The crime spate kicked off about a half-hour after midnight when a 21-year-old man was shot in the mouth, and another 21-year-old man was blasted in the buttocks and back during an incident in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, police said.
The suspect fled and both men were taken to Kings County Hospital and were expected to survive.
Roughly seven miles away in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, a 26-year-old man was shot in the foot at the Sheepshead Bay-Nostrand Houses at around 1:15 a.m., cops said.
The victim was taken to Coney Island Hospital by private means in stable condition.
Just minutes later in The Bronx — at around 1:22 a.m. — a wild stabbing spree erupted at St. Mary’s Park, according to police.
Authorities say a 24-year-old man had been in the Mott Haven green space setting off fireworks when he either shot them at a group of men who were in the park or the fireworks happened to go near the group.
The incident sparked an argument between the men, which turned bloody.
The 24-year-old man is believed to have stabbed four men — a 21-year-old in the back, a 19-year-old in the right arm, a man in his 20s in the face and right leg, and a 22-year-old in the right side of his head, cops said.
One of the men who was stabbed then turned the knife on the 24-year-old, slashing him in the chest, authorities said.
The five men were taken to Lincoln Medical Center and all were expected to survive. No arrests have been made.
Shortly after, at 1:26 a.m., a 27-year-old man was shot in the stomach when a thug riding a bicycle started firing off rounds in the Hunts Point neighborhood of The Bronx, cops said. The victim was taken to Lincoln Hospital and it was unclear whether he was the intended target.
About an hour and a half later at the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria, Queens, a 54-year-old man was shot in the leg by a group of men and hospitalized.
And just before 4 a.m., a 33-year-old man was shot in the foot and bicep on Staten Island. Police described him as “highly uncooperative.”
In Jackson Heights, Queens, an incident between a husband and wife turned fatal, leaving the woman dead, police said.
Cops were called to the home at 34th Road at around 2:19 a.m. for a report of an assault and found a 45-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds and a 41-year-old man with stab wounds to his abdomen.
The woman, identified as Yaqueline Collado, was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, but could not be saved. The man, whose identity was not immediately released, remains in critical condition and in police custody.
In the last week, there have been 34 shooting incidents with 43 victims, compared to 26 shooting incidents for the same week last year, police sources said.
Additionally, there were eight murders during that time frame, compared to 12 in the same time period last year, according to sources.
Additional reporting by Tina Moore
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