Police have released surveillance footage of the moment a gunman stood up through a car’s sunroof and shot dead two teenage boys playing basketball in New York in a weekend of mayhem that saw eight people murdered in just 24 hours.
Three teenage boys, aged 16, 17 and 18, were all shot while they were playing basketball in Brooklyn’s Cypress Hills neighborhood on Sunday at about 6.40pm.
The 16-year-old died at the scene and the 18-year-old, who was shot in the head, died later in hospital. The 17-year-old was shot in the leg and remains in a stable condition in hospital.
NYPD chief detective Rodney Harrison released the surveillance video on Monday that shows the gunman standing through the sunroof as he fired at the group.
‘Yesterday, at approximately 6.40pm, an unknown male opened fire while hanging out of the sunroof of a late model Honda CRV at George Walker Jr. Park,’ he said.
‘The perpetrator struck three people, killing two innocent teenagers playing basketball.’
Police are still searching for the gunman and the victims have not yet been named.
The deaths of the two teenagers are among eight murders that took place across the city in just 24 hours on Sunday.
Seven of those eight killings were shootings.
Four people, including the two teens, were shot dead in separate shootings in Brooklyn and Queens, while four were killed in the Bronx.
Two others were killed in Staten Island and Manhattan.
Also in Brooklyn, a 32-year-old man was found shot in the chest and face outside a Flatbush apartment building at about 7pm.
A transgender woman was found stabbed to death in the hallway of an apartment building on West 192nd St in Manhattan at about 1.35am.
Only a few of the shooting victims have been named, including Grashino Yancy who died on Staten Island after being shot in the leg at about 12.45am on Sunday.
In the Bronx, 37-year-old James Connor was shot in the head at 3.10am before 24-year-old Juancarlos Ortega was also shot in the head two hours later in a separate incident.
Shaka Ifill, 40, was shot in the back in Queens in what police are investigating as a possible domestic incident. He told investigators that his mother or girlfriend shot him before later dying in hospital.
The number of shootings across New York City have spiked 176 percent in the last week compared to this time last year – as a weekend of mayhem saw seven people murdered in 24 hours and protests descend into riots in Manhattan.
There were 47 shootings across the city last week compared to the 17 at the same time last year.
Fourteen of the 47 shootings were murders, while there were only five killings for the same week in 2019, police sources told the New York Post.
The murder spree came after peaceful protests in support Portland’s demonstrations against police brutality descended into violence on Saturday.
Hundreds of protesters marched over the Brooklyn Bridge and into downtown Manhattan amid a wave of anger across the country over President Donald Trump’s planned ‘surge’ of federal agents into main cities.
Some demonstrators went on to wreak havoc and spark clashes with police as they slashed NYPD vehicle tires and set fire to trash cans as people were dining nearby at outdoor restaurants.
At least 14 people were arrested during the protests but it is not yet clear if they stemmed from incidents on Saturday night.