Two gun men approached a group of people on foot near 99th Street and 37th Avenue in Queens on Saturday and fired numerous times before jumping onto scooters driven by two other men and fleeing the area in an unknown direction. All weared masks and hooded sweatshirts.Ten people, mostly innocent bystanders, in age from 19 to 72 were shot near a barbershop and laundromat. However, three of the 10 victims were known Trinitarios Dominican gang members and were believed to be the intended targets of the shooting. All the victims of the shooting were being treated at local hospitals. None of the injuries are currently considered life-threatening. Most of the victims were hit in the legs. NYPD Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes said that the suspects knew the area. The suspects had not been taken into custody as of Sunday morning.
The crime scene was so large that some 7 hours after the shooting, cops were still finding shell casings on the ground. Chief of Detectives James Essig told members of the press at an Aug. 1 press conference that one common theme emerged: the shooting appears to have been a well-executed plan carried out by local street gang members. Police have obtained and released footage from nearby security cameras showing the gunmen going on the attack. Police appealed to the public. “Someone’s gonna see that video” and recognize the individuals involved in the shooting.” Anyone with information regarding the shooting can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.