College basketball star killed
HARLEM, Manhattan — A 21-year-old college basketball star was killed and eight others shot when gunfire erupted in Harlem overnight Monday.
Neighbors in Harlem recognized the college basketball star when he came home at break as the 21-year-old was killed in a mass shooting that also wounded eight others early Monday morning.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” said Chris Williams, high school basketball coach to Darius Lee, of the gun violence that took the athlete’s life.
Seven men and two women, ages 21 and 42, were injured in a park along the East River on Fifth Avenue and East 139th Street just after 12:35 a.m.
Lee was among five people found shot on the footpath along FDR, under the Madison Avenue Bridge, around 12:30 a.m.
New York Police Chief Brian McGee, Detective Officer Borough Manhattan North, said the shooting broke out in the East 139th St and Fifth Avenue area where a large group had gathered.
All 5 victims were hospitalized by EMS, while 4 other victims were hospitalized by other means.
Among the victims were seven men and two women.
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“He’s an innocent child,” said Darius’ sister, Tiara Lee. “That’s what happens.”
St Raymond High School released a statement about the former student’s death in an Instagram post:
McGee said police are investigating whether the victims who were shot were at a gathering or some kind of barbecue when the shooting broke out.
Police found a pistol at the scene, and investigators are checking whether there were multiple firearms used in the shooting.
Among the other victims, some were wounded in the torso, while others were folded in the leg or back.
The other eight victims are expected to survive.
The police did not specify whether they believed there was a single gunman or several people. Suspicious descriptions are not released.
The reason for the shooting was not known.