Three shootings and a rash of stabbings in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan took the lives of seven people over the weekend, causing a noticeable uptick in New York City’s crime-tracking statistics.
The Daily News reported two shootings in the Bronx, two more in Brooklyn, one in Manhattan and a series of stabbings sent victims to area hospitals within 24 hours stretching from Saturday into Sunday.
The violence began on Saturday when Julio Yasser, 36, of Brooklyn, was shot dead in front of Mr. Lee Cleaners on Church Ave. at about 5:45 p.m. The shooter sped off, and Yasser died at Kings County Hopsital, the Daily News reported, adding that the violence continued as Nestor Suazo, 25, was killed and a 34-year-old woman was critically wounded in the Bronx at E. Tremont and Clinton before 8 p.m.
“He was superloving, he had the brightest smile. He joked around so much, he would always make you feel good,” Suazo’s sister Maria Herrera was quoted in the article.
Kevin Brye, 33, was shot to death in East Harlem just before midnight on Saturday. Brye left behind three children, including a 1-year-old baby and a 16-year-old, according to the article.
The violence reached its peak on Sunday at 1:45 a.m. when Calvin Clinkscales, 43, Lacount Simmons, 39, and Herbert Brown, 76, were killed by a single gunman at the Ingersoll Houses on Prince St. in downtown Brooklyn, the Daily News reported, adding that police have taken a 21-year-old man into custody for questioning in the incident.
Also on Sunday, 24-year-old David Hooks was shot at Briggs Avenue and E. 194th Street in Fordham, the Bronx, where police are still searching for suspects and a motive in the case, the Daily News stated.
For the week ending Sunday, there were 17 gun-related incidents. According to the report, murders have increased during the year-to-date for the same period in 2014, jumping to 239 so far this year compared to 227 in 2014, an increase of 5.3%.