Early Saturday morning, New York City saw another violence outbreak within seven hours. Four separate violent incidents were reported across three boroughs – the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan – resulting in one shooting, two stabbings, and one robbery.
The first reported incident occurred at approximately 1:30 AM in Brooklyn at the intersection of McDonald and Ditmas Avenues. A 19-year-old male was stabbed in the back during an altercation. EMS transported the victim to Maimonides Medical Center in stable condition. The NYPD later arrested 25-year-old Marco Bautista for this assault, charging him with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
3:15 AM: Man Shot in Inwood, the Bronx
The violence continued an hour later at 2:45 AM when a 33-year-old man stumbled into Harlem Hospital Care Center in Manhattan, having been shot in the abdomen earlier in Inwood in the Bronx. The victim indicated to officials that he was shot in the 3700 block of 10th Avenue before making his way to the hospital by private transportation. He remains in stable condition.
5:30 AM: Subway Rider Pepper Sprayed & Robbed in Manhattan
Over three hours later, around 5:30 AM, another individual was attacked, this time underground in the New York City subway system. The incident occurred aboard an E train at the Broadway and 34th Street station in Midtown Manhattan. The victim was pepper sprayed in the eyes before the perpetrator stole his jacket containing his mobile phone. The man was transported by EMS to Lenox Hill Hospital and treated for eye irritation. The NYPD describes the robbery suspect as a man in his 50s with a slim build, last seen wearing a white jacket. No arrests have been made yet in this case.
7:40 AM: 15-Year-Old Stabbed by Gang Outside Brooklyn School
The final event in this overnight spree happened again above ground, shortly before 8 AM, outside Public School 329 in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. A group of five teenage boys approached and attacked a 15-year-old classmate as he was walking to school. They stabbed the victim in his face, left hand, and chest before fleeing westbound down 47th Street, according to officials. The injured boy was rushed by ambulance to Maimonides Hospital and is currently in stable condition. The NYPD is actively searching for the five teenage suspects in this gang assault.
This outbreak of violence across New York’s boroughs has left the city shaken. While the motives behind each attack remain unclear, the incidents serve as disturbing reminders of the rising crime rates afflicting America’s largest metropolis. City and law enforcement officials have pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice and curb this dangerous trend. They urge any witnesses or those with information to come forward immediately. The NYPD tip line can be reached at 1-800-577-TIPS.