Nearly 40 people were shot across New York City from July 4 through early Sunday – including several fatalities, police sources said.
Between midnight Saturday and 6:30 am on Sunday, 39 people fired firearms across every city except Staten Island, with at least three killed, sources said.
Among the incidents, a man in the 20s was fatally shot in the chest near West 111th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem around 10 a.m. Saturday, according to sources.
In Brooklyn, a 20-year-old man was shot in the chest at 12:43 a.m. Sunday in East New York, police say.
The man, who was operated on Atkins Avenue near Pitkin Avenue, was rushed to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center but could not be rescued.
His identity was not immediately released.
About the same time, eight people were injured in two separate incidents in Upper Manhattan, sources said.
Three men and one woman, ages 27 to 42, were struck when bullets flew on West 1
Just minutes later and only blocks away, another four men were shot at a party on West 131st and Lenox, sources said.
Seven of the victims in these two shootings were expected to survive, while a man in the later shooting was listed in critical condition, according to sources.
Then, at 0240, a 23-year-old man was shot in the back on 116th Street near Morningside Park in Harlem, police say. He was taken to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital with private funds.
He was cooperative when interviewed by police and then died, according to a NYPD spokesman.
Investigators canvassing for ballistic evidence and video. His name was kept on hold pending family registration.
The locals said the violence erupted from an annual party for Independence Day.
“You felt safe. It went so well,” said one participant who witnessed the bloodshed and declined to give his name. “The only thing they drove from before was the fireworks.”
For reasons that remained unclear on Sunday afternoon, a fight broke out at the party and shots rang out.
“You didn’t know where it came from because they were driving this way and that way,” the witness said. “It’s not time for this. We were out here thinking about our own company. … The boy lost his life. “
Almost at the same time, a 34-year-old woman in the right leg was struck by an obvious wild bullet while walking her dog on Anderson Avenue near West 164th Street in the Highbridge section of The Bronx, sources said.
She was rushed to Lincoln Hospital and is expected to survive the wound.
Around 4:15 a.m. Sunday, two men were shot on East 39th Street near Avenue D in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, sources said, leaving one of the victims, 20, dead.
His identity was not immediately released and no arrests were announced.
Around 6 a.m., four men and one woman were shot on Academy Street near Post Avenue in Inwood, Manhattan, sources said.
Among the victims, aged between 16 and 31, three of the men were listed in critical condition in hospitals in the area, while the shooter remained at large, according to sources.
Christmas shooters come on the heels of a violent June in the city. With a total of 205 shooting games during the month, it was the bloodiest June in 24 years – back to 1996, when the NYPD logged 236 incidents, the NYPD said.
The drive is run in addition to at least 13 reported knives across the city between 4 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, sources said.