Four shot in New York playground between children and parents

Four people, two of them teenagers, were shot yesterday in a Queens park when they were caught in the crossfire of rival groups shooting at each other..

According to NYPD, several people were at the London Planetree Playground at the intersection of 88th St. and Atlantic Ave., Ozone Park Neighborhood, when the two groups entered the park around 6:20 p.m. yesterday. As bullets flew across the green zone, attendees ran, including young children and parents.

None of the four wounded were the target of the gunmen, but were hit by Lost bullets, according to sources. A 15-year-old girl was injured in the leg and a 16-year-old boy in the back. The other shots were two men, ages 20 and 32, hit in the legs. All were hospitalized in stable condition.

“We were trying to calm the kids down because they saw people being shot in front of them… here in the park where they play”

Sam Esposito, presidente de “Ozone Park Residents Block Association”

Police were checking hospitals for other possible victims of the hail of bullets. “It was chaotic” summed up Sam Esposito, president of the Ozone Park Residents Block Association. “The children were crying. The parents were crying… We were trying to calm the kids down because they saw people being shot in front of them… here in the park where they play”.

He added that the pandilla “Latin Kings” It used to meet in that park, but in recent years a new group has taken over, plaguing the area with crime.

One of the groups of gunmen got into a black Mercedes-Benz with no license plate and sped west on nearby 95th Av.

No arrests have been made. Anyone with information should call to 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also through the page or by text to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.

In NYC gun violence continues unleashed in 2022 especially with young gunmen and victims. Just Sunday, 12 people were injured in 9 reported shootings around the city.

Es a big challenge to former NYPD mayor Eric Adamswho since taking office in January has encountered obstacles within his own Democratic party and Black Lives Matter (BLM) leaders in dealing with the crisis.

In August Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Adams celebrated that compared to 2021 shootings had dropped 11%also citing a 104% increase in seizures of illegal weapons.

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