Note–earlier, the headline incorrectly says “Gang-Related” stabbing. I have since discovered that is not the case. See more here.
One man was stabbed to death and two others injured during a gang fight in Sunset Park, according to Tuesday’s New York Post Police Blotter. On Sunday night at 61 Street and 7th Ave an unidentified victim was “slashed in the arm.” He was taken to Lutheran Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Two others, also stabbed, were listed as stable.
The Post reported that Nelson Liu, 19, was picked up for murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Police have arrested a second person in connection with the crime, according to the blog Best View in Brooklyn.
Sunday’s fight marks the fifth murder in Sunset Park nearly as many weeks. Police arrested a 16-year-old for the shooting of two young men in connection with a double murder in the park itself on August 31st. A September 20th shooting on 40th and 4th Ave also left two dead. At last update, police had not arrested anyone in connection with the incident.
Though police did not think either of the previous killings were “gang-motivated,” they recognize that gangs, always present in the area, have begun to surface. And have brought violence. Commanding Officer Jesus Raul Pintos believes that at a minimum, the August murders had some root in local gang problems.
Until now (information on the most recent murder still pending) both the victims and alleged perpetrators of these crimes have been young man–generally between the ages of 16 and 21. The 72nd Precinct, in an attempt to address the recent surge in violence, will hold a gang-awareness forum geared towards neighborhood parents. The event will bring together police officials, clergy, and former gang members to educate parents about their children and gangs. Both Commanding Officer Pintos and Youth Officers will address attendees.
The forum will be held Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 545 60th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues).