From the Daily News:
A 28-year-old man shot repeatedly on a desolate Queens block early Saturday appears to be the first homicide victim of 2011, police sources said.
A witness heard gunfire erupt in the shadow of a Long Island Rail Road railyard just after 5:30 a.m. and called 911, police said.
Cops rushed to the corner of 94th Ave. and 127th St. in South Richmond Hill and found the victim bleeding from gunshots wounds to his neck and chest.
The man - whose name was not released pending the notification of his family - died a short time later at Jamaica Medical Center.
Two miles away, a suspected drug dealer was shot to death just before midnight, seemingly becoming the last homicide victim in 2010 - a year in which the murder rate jumped sharply in the five boroughs.
Jamal West, 26, was shot several times in the back just after 11:30 p.m. Friday and collapsed on the corner of Merrick Blvd. and 109th Ave. in Jamaica, police said.
He died 30 minutes later.