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New York police say a group of masked men shot and killed a 17-year-old man in the Bronx.
The group of five suspects wearing ski masks and dark clothing approached the teenager around 6:15 p.m. Sunday near Beekman Ave. near E. 141st St. in Mott Haven on Sunday, according to the New York Police Department. They opened fire, hitting the victim in the chest, police said.
The 17-year-old was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities said the suspects fled the scene heading west on nearby Oak Terrace. No arrests were initially announced.
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“When I came out of the store I was going home and heard two shots. I came back and saw the child lying on the floor and a group of people around him,” said Thomas Fuller , 71, to the New York Daily. News, speculating that the violence was gang-related.
Police did not disclose a potential motive. Four casings were reportedly marked on the sidewalk.
In another incident earlier Sunday in the Bronx, police say a 35-year-old man whose SUV broke down near Bruckner Boulevard and E. 141st St was shot in the head while he was sitting in the cab of a tow truck.
A suspect riding a moped allegedly opened fire in the area around 1 a.m., police said. The victim was initially listed in critical condition.
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CBS News reported that although homicides have declined in the Big Apple since last year, they are still up 30% from New York statistics before the coronavirus pandemic began.