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.
Less than 30 minutes later, three innocent bystanders, all women, were hit by gunfire when two groups opened fire on each other on Audubon Avenue near W. 182nd Street in Inwood. The victims included a 78-year-old woman shot in the hand, a 58-year-old woman shot in the leg and a 42-year-old woman who was grazed in the left arm.
Twelve bullet casings were found at the scene, cops said.
Between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. five other people were shot in separate incidents. Two of those victims died of their wounds, including a 32-year-old man repeatedly shot in the torso as he sat in his car on Ralph Ave. in Canarsie, Brooklyn, at 4:30 a.m.
A second man, 26, was shot in the chest during an unrelated drive by shooting near Sterling and Utica avenues in Crown Heights, cops said. He later died at Kings County Hospital.
As of Saturday night, 1,056 people have been hit by gunfire this year in 898 incidents — a 12% jump over the 938 people shot the same time last year, officials said.
Police released the video of the Queens 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.’”
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