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At Least 3 Dead After Night Of Gun Violence In New York City; NYPD Reports 94% Increase In Shootings

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- It was a night of deadly gun violence in New York City.

As CBS2's Jenna DeAngelis reports, nearly a dozen people were shot - three of them died - in six incidents.

One deadly shooting took place around 10:30 p.m. on Hawthorne Street near Nostrand Avenue in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.

Police said six people were shot in a drive-by shooting. A 23-year-old man, who was shot in the chest, did not survive.

The group was standing outside when a white sedan with at least three men in the car fired and then drove off, according to police.

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"Like we're living in Afghanistan. I told my husband it's been a war zone. It's crazy," said Serilla White.

LINK: Tracking Shootings In New York City

The victims were all in their 20s.

Exclusive video obtained by CBS2 shows first responders carrying a man who appeared to be hurt in the chaos. Three officers were also seen assisting another person who was struggling to walk.

"I saw somebody injured. He was on the ground right there and a guy was bawling his eyes out. It was horrific," said a neighbor who did not want to give their name.

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NYPD Crime Stoppers posters line the street, encouraging people with information to come forward (credit: CBS2).

Investigators combed the area, marking bullet casings on the ground. The street is lined with police tape and NYPD Crime Stoppers posters encouraging anyone with information to come forward.

Police believe the shooting was gang related, while the search for suspects continues.

"It's something that we've seen during the pandemic for the past couple of months. Every couple of weeks there's been a shooting around here... It has become the new normal, unfortunately," the neighbor said.

Another deadly shooting happened about an hour earlier in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Police were called to Herkimer Street near Rochester Avenue to find a 28-year-old man shot multiple times. He was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive.

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It was a night of deadly gun violence in New York City. (CBS2)

It was a busy night for the NYPD, who also responded to a drive-by shooting on Anderson Avenue in the Highbridge section of the Bronx.

That's where police found 23-year-old Aaron Santiago shot in the head. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The NYPD reports a 94% increase in shootings this year compared to last, including six over the last 24 hours.

Residents told CBS2 gun violence is out of control.

"It's a disgrace, people killing each other. It's a pure disgrace," said Joe Codd.


Police are also searching for the suspects in separate shootings in Briarwood, Inwood and Tremont.

Police have not made arrests in any of the shootings.

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