Sound Of Fireworks Turns Out To Be Gunshots On E. 91st St.
For a short while, residents in the vicinity of East 91st Street between avenues L and M thought they heard a bunch of fireworks being shot off early last Saturday, July 2nd. But they didn’t see any bright lights until later when a number of police cars with flashing lights came to investigate the scene where a 19- year-old was shot in the arm.
According to police from the 69th Precinct, patrolling Anti-Crime Unit officers heard the shots at about 1:30 a.m. and rushed to the scene where they saw one man with a gunshot wound to his right arm standing next to a car. The man said he didn’t know who shot him and he was quickly taken to Brookdale Hospital by Emergency Medical Service paramedics. Hospital emergency doctors said the victim’s wound was not life threatening. Meanwhile, when detectives tried to interrogate the man, they found he was “uncooperative.”
Detectives and members of the NYPD Emergency Service Units who responded to the crime scene said they engaged in evidence searches and came up with as many as 12 shell casings in the general area. They said the victim has an extensive arrest record.
During the investigation by the local Anti Crime Unit officers, a Rockaway Parkway man was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon.