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At least 10 people have been injured in a mass shooting in New York City late on Saturday evening.
The New York City Police Department said the individuals, which include a 19-year-old and a 72-year-old, are being treated in local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police responded to numerous 911 calls at around 10.38pm on Saturday according to Assistant Chief Galen Frierson, of the NYPD's Patrol Borough Queens North.
At a news conference Sunday morning he said: "A preliminary report shows two males approached eastbound on the sidewalk on the north side of 37th Avenue from 97th Street while brandishing firearms.
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”The shooters advanced toward the crowd, firing numerous shots before jumping back on two scooters driven by two other males and fleeing the scene.”
Officials says eight men and two women were hit by gunfire, after 37 shots were fired.
Most were struck in their legs or feet, and the youngest was shot in his right ear, the police said.
Police are now searching for the four suspects who are described as males wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts.
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"There's just one common theme I want to get out there that's a recurring theme that keeps happening, and it has to stop throughout the city," James Essig, chief of detectives, said during the news conference.
"That's gang members, that's guns — multiple guns on the scene — scooters being used, masks, and lastly unintended targets getting hit.
“This is unacceptable in our streets in New York City and it has to stop.”
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It is believed that three of the 10 injured individuals are Trinitarios gang members and the other seven victims were unintentional targets.
City Council Member Francisco Moya, who represents the 21st Council District that includes the Corona neighborhood where the shooting happened, released a statement.
It stated: “The uptick in gun violence has been a reality of daily life in the outer boroughs and for communities of color. This is not just a Manhattan problem making headlines because we are concerned about scaring away tourists,"
"We are trying to survive the COVID-19 pandemic — and a gun violence pandemic. This is why I'm working to bring more opportunity for interventions to our neighborhood through Saturday Night Lights and Cure Violence.”
The Gun Violence Archive noted the Queens mass shooting was one of five mass shootings that took place on Saturday with mass shooting with no deaths reported also taking place in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.
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