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Event title

United States - Mass shooting in Harlem leaves 1 dead, multiple wounded

Event category

Social incident - Public safety incident

Severity

Low

Event date (UTC)

2022-06-20 16:59:06

Last update (UTC)

2022-06-20 16:59:06

Latitude

40.80881

Longitude

-73.94795

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Address/Affected area(s)

Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York

Nine people were shot, one of them fatally, when gunfire erupted in Harlem overnight. Seven men and two women, ranging in age from 21 to 42, were struck in the area of Fifth Avenue and East 139th Street just after 12:35 a.m. Monday. The victims were enjoying a late night gathering when gunfire rang out. One area resident told Eyewitness News there were so many gunshots she could not believe her ears. "I was sitting in my living room and all I heard was sporadic shots ringing," she said. "It was like, 'Prong, prong, prong!'. And then it stopped and picked back up, 'Brum, brum!' You know, it was so many shots. First I thought it was fireworks. and then I thought, 'Nah, it can't be.'" Police initially were told that two groups were shooting at each other at the scene. "We just think it was a gathering, a barbecue, to that nature," NYPD Deputy Chief Brian McGee said. Five of the victims were initially found shot on a footpath over the Harlem River Drive. The others arrived at Harlem Hospital. A 21-year-old man was pronounced dead at Lincoln Hospital. The other eight victims are believed to have non life threatening injuries. Many of the victims were shot in the torso. There were also injuries to people's legs, back and even fingers. One gun was recovered at the scene. No arrests were immediately made and it was unclear what prompted the shooting. Police are asking for the public's help as the investigation into this incident continues. Call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by messaging on Twitter @NYPDTips. As of today, June 20, there have been 277 mass shootings in the U.S. since the start of the year, according to Gun Violence Archive. There were 692 mass shootings in 2021, 611 in 2020 and 417 in 2019. Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as shooting with four or more people injured or killed, not including the perpetrator.

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