One person was injured when gunfire broke off in one of the quieter corners of the five boroughs early Saturday, neighbors and police said.
“We all thought it was fireworks,” said Stephen Markowski, who lives on 38th Avenue in Bayside, Queens, and was woken around 3 a.m. when gunshots rang out between 209th Street and Corporal Kennedy Street.
Residents of the suburban-style leafy neighborhood claim to have heard nearly two dozen gunshots, although police are only confirming that more than one shot was fired.
A man who was sitting in the back seat of a car when he was shot, police said. He was taken to New York-Presbyterian Queens with non-life-threatening injuries. No arrests were made.
A state employee who lives in the neighborhood reports that his two cars were hit a total of three times, including a bullet that punctured the Charger’s driver-side rear tire.
“Bayside is the safest neighborhood in Queens. The safest, period,” the man said. “We have never seen anything like it. From what I remember, there was never a shooting.
The 111th Ward, which includes Bayside, had not reported any shooting incidents since the start of the year.
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