NBC New York reports in two separate shootings that happened hours apart in Manhattan, a 19-year-old was killed and a 7-year-old girl, as well as a 19-year-old man, were injured.
Police say a fatal shooting of 19-year-old Erica Lopez occurred along Fifth Avenue near 27th Street just after midnight on Friday. A 21-year-old man, Andres Arias, was also shot but survived. Police are searching for a male shooter in a gray sedan and no one has been arrested.
The shooting comes hours after a 7-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man were shot in East Harlem
Police say shots were fired after a group of teens started fighting on the corner of East 102nd Street around 6 p.m. Both of the victims were transported to the hospital where they’re listed in serious but stable condition.
Two other people were also shot overnight; one was an 18-year-old in the Fordham section of the Bronx and the other in Arverne, Queens.
Gun violence has spiked in New York City this month. Over the weekend, there were 28 shootings city wide and 38 victims. Compared to this time last year, 2020 has seen 119 more shootings and 158 more victims.
A man who works in an auto body shop nearby heard the gunshots Thursday, but he didn’t realize what it was.
“It was loud. And then I see… I don’t pay attention I thought it was fireworks. Then I see the police cars over there and that’s it,” Mohammad Ismail said.
Fireworks have also been going off Thursday evening in the neighborhood. Police haven’t made any arrests yet and an investigation ongoing.