Long Hot Weekend: 25 Shot in New York Over Just 48 Hours

With temperatures soaring over 90 degrees, New Yorkers faced the hottest weekend yet this year—and the most violent. In 48 hours, over four boroughs, 25 people were shot, including a 15-year-old protecting an infant and an 11-year-old paralyzed by a stray bullet.

The Daily News tallies the violent weekend, which ended with six dead and at least 19 injured, the bulk over a 24-hour period from Friday night to Saturday, when 14 people were shot.

The two days of bloodshed represented 5% of this year’s roughly 440 shootings. Despite the violence, that figure represents a 23% drop compared with the 574 victims shot through this time last year.

The dead are Ivan Martinez, 21, killed early Sunday morning in the Bronx; Damien Powell, 25, fatally shot in the chest on Sunday afternoon in Crown Heights; Terrance Davis, 24, who died Sunday after being shot on Friday; Antonio Wilson, 23, killed in Clinton Hill; and Damion Riley, 39, shot dead in East Flatbush. The name of the sixth victim has not yet been released.


In Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, 11-year-old Tayloni Mayzick was paralyzed when a stray bullet from a gang shooting went through her neck and into her spine. Her great-grandmother, from whom she gets her middle name, Lucille, died the next day. "It was too much for her," Tayloni's father Robert told the Post.

In the Bronx, 15-year-old Sarah Rivera was shot in the leg as she pushed a baby carriage away from the sound of gunfire. "Everybody started running, so I went to grab the carriage," she told the Daily News. The baby's father—a stranger—tied his shirt around her leg as a tourniquet.


"We should have more gun control,” Rivera's mother said. “I wish they could just make guns extinct, period."

[image, of last week's "Manhattanhenge," via AP]