Several slayings punctured the early hours of the New Year in New York City, just as it ended the calendar year with the lowest number of homicides in four decades.
Man shot in Brooklyn is first slaying of 2008
The first reported homicide of 2008 came at 2:09 a.m. in central Brooklyn, when a 26-year-old man was found fatally shot near Rockaway Avenue and Blake Avenue, police said.
Three other slayings occurred in the Bronx before 6 a.m. Tuesday.
New year in city is off to bloody start
For the second time in less than 12 hours, a young girl in New York City was shot by stray gunfire. And like the girl in the first case, the second victim escaped with a nonfatal wound and was expected to make a full recovery, a hospital administrator said.
At 3:50 a.m Tuesday, the girl, 11, accompanied by family members, was walking home from a friend’s house when shooting broke out near Third Avenue and 166th Street, the police said. A bullet grazed the head of the girl, whose name was not released, and she was taken to Montefiore Medical Center to have pieces of buckshot removed from her scalp, the police said.
A Second Girl Is Hit by Stray Gunfire