Updated 08/08/2012 02:36 PM
Investigations Ongoing Into Tuesday Shootings Across City
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Police are looking into numerous separate shooting incidents that took place Tuesday in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Sources say several men on bikes entered Agnes Haywood Playground in Gun Hill late Tuesday night and got into an argument with a group of people.
An NYPD officer examines a gun believed to have been involved in a shooting in Harlem late Tuesday night.
The men opened fire, hitting a 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old girl in the stomach.
Police later got a call of a 14-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the thigh a few blocks away.
All three victims were taken to Jacobi Hospital.
A few hours later in Harlem, police say two people were shot in the buttocks and one in the leg near Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 143rd Street.
They were taken to Harlem Hospital.
Two people were taken into custody in that shooting and two guns were recovered at the scene.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly also said that three victims were shot within the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn. A press release put out by Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams indicated that three men were shot on East 46th Street in East Flatbush.
In addition, on Atlantic Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn, a man was shot in the torso.
Another man was shot in the hip at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and 114th Street in Harlem.
Both of those victims were also taken to local hospitals.
The latest shootings came hours after the city marked "National Night Out Against Crime" with events that allowed New Yorkers to meet the police who patrol their neighborhoods.
Events were held across the five boroughs Tuesday, putting residents together with leaders and officers from their local precincts.
"Honestly, I'm really tired of it because, you know, you can't even come outside with your babies anymore to go to the park," said one Harlem resident.
"We need to get rid of guns for one, that's clear but we also need more services. There are way too many young men that have nothing to do partly because the services that exist have no marketing power," noted another Harlem resident.
At one gathering in Harlem, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told parents the event's main focus is keeping children safe.
"Like you, we all want to make sure that they grow up safe and sound. And that's why we're working hard to make sure that they have good schools, safe streets and bright futures," Bloomberg said.
"We have a program, Operation Gun Stop, that if you know someone with a gun, you can call that number you can do it anonymously and you can get $1,000 cash," Kelly said.
Other neighborhoods marking National Night Out included Brownsville, Brooklyn, where six people were shot last month, including a 2-year-old girl.
To protest the ongoing violence, the Harlem group Man Up says it will march through the Polo Grounds housing development every night until Labor Day.