Queens locals expressed their dismay after 18-year-old Mark Green was shot dead in broad daylight.
“This is ridiculous,” said Kew Gardens resident Joe McPollin. “Too many young children are being killed or injured for nothing. Something must be done.”
“This is probably the most serious crime ever committed in this district,” added another Keygarden resident, Mikael Morano.
Police said the victim died in hospital after being hit in the torso.
According to the NYPD, he was the intended target, a student at North Queens Community High School just a few hundred feet from where the shooting took place.
Police said on Thursday two people were detained at the scene of the incident, but on Friday morning police said they were detained in connection with a separate case.
Police say the suspect in the shooting is still on the run. They say the circumstances surrounding what caused it remain under investigation.
Neighbors say they heard several gunshots shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday. Some hid in their apartments until the police arrived.
“I saw someone on the ground in a fetal position,” Morano said. “I called her wife. She was right next door and said, ‘Gunshots she heard seven times.'” is on the ground.
McPolin says he has noticed changes in the area in recent years.
“That school is a neighborhood problem. It unfolds,” said McPolin.
In a statement, principal David Banks lamented the loss of his students and promised more safety at school.
“My heart goes out to New York City for the loss of a bright young soul today to senseless gun violence,” Banks said.
Overall crime in the 107th Precinct is up about 49% so far this year compared to the same period in 2021, according to the NYPD’s latest crime statistics.
The region has seen a 50% increase in shooting casualties and a nearly 17% increase in shooting incidents.
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