At least 10 individuals were injured after two unidentified gunmen opened fire on a crowded street in a New York City neighborhood late Saturday.
Galen Frierson, assistant chief and commanding officer of the police department’s Patrol Borough Queens North, said on Sunday that the two gun-wielding masked men suddenly instigated a mass shooting after approaching a group of people in the Queens neighborhood of Corona.
“A preliminary report shows two males approached eastbound on the sidewalk on the north side of 37th Avenue from 97th Street while brandishing firearms,” Frierson said at a press conference on Sunday. “The shooters advanced toward the crowd, firing numerous shots before jumping back on two scooters driven by two other males and fleeing the scene.”
Initial findings of the NYPD investigators revealed that three of the wounded individuals were known members of the Trinitarios gang while the other seven shooting victims were innocent bystanders, including a 72-year-old man.
According to the NYPD officials, the victims were taken to local hospitals to receive medical attention for their injuries.
In the press conference, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig also told reporters that the terror attack that occurred in the city is “unacceptable” and needs to be stopped immediately.
“This was a brazen, coordinated attack, for lack of a better word,” Essig said. “That’s gang members, that’s guns — multiple guns on the scene — scooters being used, masks, and lastly unintended targets getting hit.”
“There’s just one common theme I want to get out there that’s a recurring theme that keeps happening, and it has to stop throughout the city,” he added.
Officials said police are still searching for the suspects behind the mass shooting.
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