10 shot in Queens by two men who fled on mopeds

NYPD Queens North Assistant Chief Galen Frierson and NYPD Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes give an update on last night's shooting in Queens. Videograb: Twitter/@NYPDnews  

Two men strode up to a crowd outside a barbershop in the New York City borough of Queens and opened fire, wounding 10 people before fleeing on mopeds, police have said.

The shooting in the borough’s Corona neighbourhood took place just before 11 p.m. on August 1. The eight men and two women, who range in age from 19 to 72, were all hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries, police said on August 2 morning. The most seriously injured victim suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said.

Police said the two gunmen arrived at the scene on foot, but left by jumping on the backs of two mopeds driven by two other men. All four were wearing hooded sweatshirts, police said.

Three of those shot were known members of the Trinitarios, a Dominican street gang, and were the intended targets, Mr. Essig said. A party was in progress at a restaurant a few doors down from the barbershop at the time of the shooting, he added.

“This was a brazen, coordinated attack, for lack of a better word,” Mr. Essig said. “This is unacceptable, and it has to stop.” No one was in custody as of Sunday morning, and police said they would be releasing still photos and video from the scene.

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