NY Crime Soars: 7 Shot in Three Boroughs Overnight

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At least seven people were shot in three boroughs across New York City overnight, police say.

Two men and a woman were shot in a Bronx playground at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Police say one of the men and the woman were shot in the torso. The other victim was shot in the leg. All were taken to Jacobi Hospital and are expected to be OK. Information on their ages was not immediately available.

At the same time in Brooklyn, a man was shot in the chest on Atlantic Avenue, emergency personnel said. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Hours later, a man and two women were shot near Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 143rd Street in Harlem. Their ages were not known, and there was no immediate information on the extent of their injuries.

The overnight shootings are the latest in a string of violent incidents that have plagued the five boroughs this summer. Shootings on playgrounds and basketball courts have prompted outcry and fear within communities.

They’ve also caused friction between police, who say local political leaders should be more involved in preventing the violence, and political leaders who say that they have worked tirelessly to keep their streets safe.

Last month, a 4-year-old boy died after being caught in the crossfire when gunfire erupted during a basketball tournament in the Bronx. Three people have been charged in connection with that shooting.

Source: NBC 4 NY

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