In a frightening outbreak of violence, about three dozen people were shot across the city during the Labor Day weekend, leaving at least nine people dead, including a Brooklyn teen and a Queens couple, officials said Monday.
Police were unable to give an exact tally of the carnage, though reports have put the number of victims at between 36 and 40. Cops were still investigating Monday night, and had yet to make any arrests.
There were five shooting incidents alone Monday, including the gunfire at the West Indian American Day Parade and the shooting of four people at an East Flatbush home, where Tyrief Gary, 18, was killed when he was hit in the chest, according to police.
In one of the weekend’s most violent attacks, eight people — including an 11-year-old boy and 13- and 14-year-old girls — were shot at a party in the Bronx early Sunday morning. Cops are still searching for Oneil Dasilva, 17, of Mount Vernon Monday in connection with the spree that left a 24-year-old man in critical condition at St. Barnabus Hospital after he was blasted by two bullets.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the spate of gun-related violence “unconscionable,” and said more needed to be done to get weapons off the street.
"We just cannot continue to have these guns in the hands of kids who don't understand the value of human life," Bloomberg said Monday, according to the New York Post.