A NYC cab driver was hit in the head by a stray bullet fired by 15-year-old boy during a Harlem gun fight early Sunday morning, with at least nine others wounded in separate citywide shootings overnight.
Police say the teen attempted to shoot a rival after being shot in the stomach himself around 9:45 pm Saturday night on 131st St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd.
The teen returned-fire, missing his rival and accidentally striking a 34-year-old taxi driver as the man was in his vehicle.
Authorities say the cab driver was rushed to Mount Sinai Morningside in critical condition. The driver had a passenger in the backseat who was not injured during the shootout.
Authorities released video and photos Sunday evening of the man who cops believe is responsible for shooting the teen, which ignited the chain of events that left the innocent cab driver shot.
Pictured: a screenshot of video following the shooting of a taxi driver in East Harlem, Manhattan, who was accident struck in the head as a teen returned fire at another gunman
Authorities say the cab driver was rushed to Mount Sinai Morningside in critical condition. The driver had a passenger in the backseat who was not injured during the shootout
The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in ascertaining the whereabouts of the individual seen pictured in the above photo in relation to Sunday morning’s shooting
The 15-year-old who struck the cabbie was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia in stable condition, according to the New York Daily News.
Charges against the teen are currently pending, police said.
Meanwhile, at least seven other people sustained gunshot wounds in separate shootings in the Bronx from Saturday night and into early Sunday morning.
Police say four people were shot and wounded in the Bronx as a group of people left La Roose Catering Hall on White Plains Road around 3:35 am.
The group got into an argument with an unknown person, who opened fire on them, with a 24-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman, a 36-year-old man and a 47-year-old man all shot in their legs.
Local resident James Davis, 44, told the New York Post that he had seen the group of well-dressed men and women outside the catering call around two hours before the shooting.
NYPD crime statistics through August 31, showing a very slight decrease in overall crimes
Police investigate a multiple shooting at 2280 Tillotson Ave in the Bronx, where police found a 28 year old male with a gunshot wound to the chest and a 35 year old with a gunshot wound
NYPD investigate a multiple shooting in the Bronx that left one dead and another in stable condition in the hospital on Saturday night
‘It really is shocking,’ Davis said of the shooting.
‘There was a bunch of people, probably 20 people. They were dressed nice and stuff. … It looked pretty normal to me.’
Another Wakefield resident told the outlet that she does not linger around the neighborhood and expressed astonishment over how the dispute escalated into violence.
‘It’s terrible. I don’t stand on the street late at night,’ said Maureen Chambers, 62.
‘An argument and shot in the leg like that?’
‘They need more security and more police in the area,’ she said. ‘I don’t go out into the street. You don’t know what can happen.’
Pictured: the gas station across the street from a multiple shooting on Saturday evening in the Bronx that left one man dead and another in stable condition
Police arrive on scene Saturday evening after a man was fatally shot and another man injured
Elsewhere in the Bronx, a 30-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were shot, in the buttocks and lower back respectively, at 1877 Bathgate Ave. in the Crotona neighborhood at 2:48 am.
EMS transported the teen to nearby St. Barnabas Hospital, while the other man managed to take himself to Lincoln Hospital, the Post reports.
Then at around 3:30 am, police responded to a shooting opposite a gas station located at 2280 Tillotson Ave. in the Eastchester neighborhood of the Bronx.
Cops discovered a 28-year-old man ‘unconscious and unresponsive’ with a gunshot wound, while a second man, 35, also sustained a gunshot wound, but was conscious and alert.
Both men were rushed to nearby Jacobi Hospital, where the 28-year-old was pronounced dead. The 35-year-old was listed in stable condition, according to the New York Daily News.
The last shooting was reported around 4:15 am Sunday morning in the Kingsbridge Heights neighborhood, where police say a 22-year-old woman was shot by a driver she mistook for her taxi.
The man in the black car attempted to grab the woman’s bag, and when she resisted, the driver grew a gun and opened fire, hitting her in her left shoulder in front of 197th St. and Reservoir Ave.
No arrests have been made in any of the overnight shootings as of Sunday night
No arrests have been made in any of the overnight shootings as of Sunday night.
While the shootings made for an especially violent early morning, NYPD’s CompStat records show that there has actually been a 38.3 percent drop in shooting victims from Aug. 23 through Aug. 29, when compared to the same time period last year, and nearly a 35 percent drop in shooting incidents citywide.
For the Bronx, the borough has seen a decrease of 53 percent in shooting victims and a nearly 47 percent decrease in shooting incidents when compared to that same same time last year, according to the NYPD.
NYPD statistics for the year through Aug. 31 show a very slight decrease in total shooting victims, with 1208 victims so far this year and 1217 victims reported for the same time period in 2020.
Despite the drop in shootings, Bronx residents remain unsurprised over the overnight spate of shootings on Sunday.
‘People get shot in the Bronx all the time. I’m not surprised,’ Chambers added.
‘There is killings going on all the time.’