More than two dozen people were shot in New York City over the weekend — a 100% increase compared with the same three-day period last year, police data shows.
The surge in gun violence that terrorized the city in 2020 showed little sign of abating, with 26 people shot from Friday through Sunday, two of them fatally. In the same Friday to Sunday span in 2020, 13 New Yorkers were victims of gunplay, the data shows.
The bloody weekend began with four people shot on Friday. One victim, 18-year-old Joel Lambert, was killed blocks away from his Far Rockaway home in Queens. The young athlete was set to graduate high school and dreamed of working as a health care professional, his devastated mother told The News.
Saturday saw 12 New Yorkers struck by bullets. In one incident, five people were shot in the Bronx after a gunfight broke out on Webster Ave. near Belmont St. in Claremont around 9 p.m. Police found one man sprawled on the street; four other victims drove themselves to BronxCare Health System.