Gun Violence Mars Labor Day Weekend
Rockaway was the scene of three of 14 reported incidents of gun violence that took place over a 24 hour span this weekend. Between the hours of 6 a.m. Saturday morning and 6 a.m. Sunday, from Queens to Brooklyn to the Bronx, there were a reported 14 incidents involving guns in the city and two dozen victims of the crimes.
Five males were shot in the confines of the 101 Precinct within a two-hour period in the early morning hours of September 4.
At approximately 2:12 a.m. three males were shot in front of 14-22 Beach Channel Drive, where, according to police sources, a party was in progress. The first victim was shot twice in the lower portion of both his left and right legs. The other was shot once in the left thigh resulting in a fractured femur. The third man was shot in the lower portion of his left leg.
Later that morning at approximately 5:50 a.m. two males were shot in front of 25-15 Seagirt Boulevard. One man was shot in the right foot and ran into a Laundromat. The second victim was shot once in the left leg. All five men were taken to Jamaica Hospital Center where their injuries were deemed non-life threatening. The 101 Precinct detective squad is investigating the incidents.
The Daily News also reported there was a shooting in Rockaway Park over the weekend, also at a house party. But no details are yet confirmed.
An angry Mayor Bloomberg, who has made ridding the city’s streets of guns a priority, called the shooting of 24 people in the city during a one day timeframe “unconscionable.”
“We cannot tolerate it,” said Bloomberg. “There are just too many guns on the streets and we have to do something about it.”
According to the Daily News, the mayor called for federal intervention in helping to get guns off the streets. “We need the federal government to step up,” he said.