11-year-old boy wounded, 21-year-old man killed in string of NYC shootings overnight

Glenn Schuck
July 01, 2020 - 7:15 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An 11-year-old boy was among those injured in as many as six shootings over the course of an hour in Brooklyn Tuesday night amid a spike in gun violence citywide that also left a 21-year-old man dead in Queens Tuesday, officials said.

The boy was shot in the leg as he was on the porch of his family’s home on E. 29th Street, near Avenue D, in Flatbush around 9:45 p.m., according to police.

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The child was an unintended target of a drive-by shooting, law enforcement sources told the Daily News.

The boy was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said the shooting that injured the 11-year-old was one of six in Brooklyn over the course of an hour Tuesday.

Adams planned to hold a news conference Wednesday at the recently unveiled mural on Black Lives Matter Boulevard outside Borough Hall to demand a comprehensive crisis response by the NYPD and City Hall.

Adams and the advocates "will urge the NYPD to sustain its commitment to responsible policing and look into how rapidly they are responding to reports of crimes throughout the borough and city."

The Police Benevolent Association, an NYPD union, responded to the shooting of the boy on Twitter late Tuesday: "11 years old. This is where the conversation about public safety in our city needs to start. Our elected leaders need to give us back the tools to proactively get guns off the street."

The shootings come amid a spike in violence across the city in recent weeks. According to NYPD data, shooting victims citywide have risen by over 42 percent compared to the same time last year.

In Queens on Tuesday night, 21-year-old Dante Sartillian was shot and killed on 40th Road, near Junction Boulevard, in Elmhurst shortly after 11:30 p.m.

Police said Sartillian was shot in the chest in front of a home. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

And in the Bronx on Tuesday evening, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg and a 21-year-old woman was shot in the hip on E. 225th Street in the Wakefield section shortly before 7 p.m.

Both victims were taken to Jacobi Medical Center and are expected to survive.

No arrests have been made in the shootings.

Early Wednesday, the City Council passed a city budget that cuts $1 billion from the NYPD, but critics, including Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, said it didn’t go far enough.

Williams said the budget just moved money around and didn’t bring real change of culture to the NYPD.

“I think it’s sending the wrong message at a time where everybody’s clamoring for a different discussion about what public safety means,” Williams said.

He said he’ll block execution of the budget because it didn’t include an NYPD hiring freeze.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the budget agreement was about striking a balance between demands to defund the police and concerns from residents about safety.

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