Monday, September 5, 2011

New York's Bloody Labor Day weekend marked by 24 shootings in 24 hours - 5th Sept 2011

Labor Day weekend in New York was marred by 24 shootings in 24 hours, bringing fears the city was returning to its violent past.

The shootings - which left one dead - erupted from 6 am Saturday to 6 am Sunday and led to calls from Mayor Bloomberg for tighter gun control laws after the 'unconscionable' spree.

The victims were shot during 14 separate incidents, and so far no arrests have been made.

Speaking to the New York Daily News, Charles Walters, 53 - who's 11-year-old son was one of the victims - said: 'These people come with guns and shoot at anyone.

'They don't care if there are children around.'

Shaquan Walters was the youngest of eight shot in the early hours of Sunday as he partied in his Bronx back yard.

At the same party a 14-year-old girl was hit in the back, while a 13-year-old girl was blasted in the left thigh during the 3:39 am shooting.

Also wounded in the Williamsbridge shooting were five young men aged, 17, 18, 19, 21 and 24.

Police were said to be hunting suspect 17-year-old Oneil Dasilva in connection with the incident. Read More