3 SHOOTINGS MAR START OF WEEKEND
The Independence Day weekend started early for some, with drivers vying to get out of town and start their holiday as early as Friday morning,. At the same time, crime in Canarsie decided not to take a holiday, resulting in a series of shootings beginning the same day.
Police from the 69th Precinct said that at 1:35 a.m. Terrell Campbell, 20, of East 107th Street was walking on Flatlands Avenue near his home when a car carrying an undetermined number of passengers sped past him and someone fired three or four shots from within the car.
Campbell threw himself to the ground as the car turned north on East 108th Street. He told police he then discovered he had been shot in the hand. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital by Emergency Medical Service ambulance and pronounced in stable condition.
Police said they picked up three shell casings from the area around Flatlands Avenue and East 108th Street. Campbell said he could not identify any of the men in the car.
In an unrelated case, early the following morning, 22-year-old Marck Paul was sitting on the front stoop of his house on Flatlands Third Street in the Seaview Village section at about 1:30 a.m. talking with three friends when a black Nissan Maxima drove slowly by.
The car went past Paul and his friends, then stopped for a moment and went into reverse. The two occupants in the car asked a question and then pulled a pair of guns from the seat and fired at least four shots at the group. Police said Paul was struck once in the lower left back as the car sped off in an unknown direction.
Relatives of the victim heard the shots and came running to help him, bringing him inside his home while they called for emergency services. Paul was taken to Brookdale Hospital by EMS paramedics and, after being treated by emergency room personnel, he was pronounced in stable condition.
Police said there was no apparent motive for the shooting. Neighbors of the victim were quoted as saying he is a "quiet person who stays out of trouble" and they surmised that whoever did the shooting got the wrong man.
Police said the next incident - which may or may not have a relation to the Seaview Village shooting - occurred less than an hour later on Avenue J near East 105 Street when a 26-year-old resident of East 91st Street was driving his 1998 Honda west at 2:24 a.m.
Police said he observed a black SUV traveling slowly in the same direction and decided to pass the SUV on the right side. As he pulled alongside the SUV, he saw the driver pick up a handgun and fire at least five shots at his car. He stopped and the SUV got away. Police said the victim's car had about four or five bullet holes in it and they took it to the Foster Avenue station house for further investigation. The victim was shaken, but otherwise he didn't sustain any injuries, police said.