At least seven people were hurt — two critically — in five separate incidents as gunfire erupted across the Big Apple overnight, authorities said.
A 17-year-old boy was blasted in the chest on Gates Avenue near Patchen Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, cops said.
He described hearing shots and feeling pain, and was taken to Maimonides Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Earlier in the evening, a 21-year-old man was shot in the head on Livonia Avenue near Wyona Street in New Lots around 6:50 p.m., cops said.
He was taken to the Kings County Hospital Center, also with critical injuries. The circumstances of that shooting were unclear.
Another Tuesday evening shooting on the Upper West Side captured the attention of Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who lives nearby.
A 27-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 40-year-old woman in the right hand outside NYCHA’s West Side Urban Renewal (WSUR) complex on Amsterdam Avenue near West 89th Street at about 8:40 p.m., according to cops.
Both were taken to Mount Sinai Morningside with non-life-threatening injuries.
A third victim, a 39-year-old man who was shot three times in his right leg and once in his left elbow, walked in to Harlem Hospital around 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Sliwa, who lives nearby, tweeted a video of himself lying on the ground next to a parked car — and said he found the gun used in the shooting.
At a Wednesday press conference, Sliwa said the shooting appeared to stem from a drug deal.
“It’s indicative of the Wild West nature of what has become of the Upper West Side,” he added. “Just a week ago a man in his 80s was stabbed and almost killed outside a deli just a few blocks north of here. And in and around Frederick Douglass Housing Complex … there have been a regular series of shootings and revenge shootings that have plagued this area.”
“This is a newfound problem for the Upper West Side.”
Sliwa also condemned plans to prematurely set free dozens of Rikers Island inmates from the out-of-control jail — saying the releases could lead to crime spikes in neighborhoods like the Upper West Side.
“If you were a criminal, where would you come?” he said. “You would come where there is money, where victims are well-heeled — Upper West Side, Upper East Side [and] parts before where you randomly saw this activity that is now affecting the entire city. I hold Bill de Blasio personally responsible for taking a Miley Cyrus wrecking ball and destroying this city.”
Later Tuesday night, a 35-year-old man was shot in the leg on 36th Avenue near 23rd Street, on the grounds of NYCHA’s Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City around 11:10 p.m., authorities said.
He reported hearing shots and feeling pain, and was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center in stable condition.
The gunplay continued around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a 25-year-old man was shot in the leg on Walton Avenue near East 168th Street in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, authorities said.
He was taken to BronxCare Health System by private means, in stable condition, cops said.
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