The masked and hooded gunmen, who were being trailed by two men on scooters, walked down 37th Avenue near 99th St in North Corona about 10:40pm and began firing, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said.
“The two males immediately extended their arms and began firing in the direction of a group at a barber shop,” Essig said. “This is a brazen, coordinated attack.”
More than 40 shots were fired, hitting the group outside the barber shop as well as innocent bystanders walking down the street and a group celebrating a birthday party for a nearby restaurant owner, Essig said.
Eight men and two women were hit by gunfire, officials said. Once the gunsmoke cleared, the two shooters hopped onto the backs of the scooters and sped off.
Their victims ranged from 19 to 72-years-old, Essig said. All were rushed to area hospitals and were expected to survive.
Police believe the duo were aiming at three Trinitarios gang members standing outside the barber shop. All the other victims were collateral damage, Essig said.
The most seriously wounded victim was shot in the stomach, officials said.
“It was very brazen to say the least,” the chief of detectives said.
A nearby surveillance camera caught some of the violence, Essig said.
“It’s pretty disturbing,” Essig said of the footage. “Two guys just stick their arms out and walk down a very crowded street at 10:30 at night where there’s parties going on, restaurants going on, crowded streets.”
“There’s just one common theme here that’s a recurring theme and it has to stop,” Essig said. “That’s gang members, that’s guns, scooters being used, masks and unintended targets.
“This is unacceptable in the streets of New York City and it has to stop,” he said.
Cops released the video of the shooters in the hopes someone can identify them.
“They know the area, that’s why they’re wearing masks,” said NYPD Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes. “But someone is going to see that video and say ‘Oh, I know that clothing’ or ‘I know so-and-so walks that way.’”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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