NEW YORK — Ten people were wounded when a pair of gunmen fired more than 40 shots down a Queens street in a brazen gang-related shooting, police said Sunday.
The barrage of bullets on 37th Avenue near 99th Street in North Corona kicked off a bloody night in the city, where 18 people were either killed or wounded in seven separate shootings, cops said.
The masked and hooded Queens gunmen, who were being trailed by two men on scooters, walked down 37th Avenue about 10:40 p.m. 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 people celebrating a birthday party for a nearby restaurant owner, Essig said.
Eight men and two women were hit by gunfire, officials said. Once the gun smoke 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 two 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 a 21-year-old man, believed to be a Trinitarios member, who was shot in the stomach, officials said.
The victims included a 72-year-old woman shot in the left leg, a 70-year-old man shot in the right leg, a 40-year-old woman shot in the right foot, a 39-year-old man shot in the right leg and a 19-year-old man hit in the right ear, cops said.