Three people were shot Wednesday night in Queens, and police sources told NBC New York a father and his 8-year-old son were among the victims.
The shooting occurred sometime before 10 p.m. in the St. Albans neighborhood just east of Roy Wilkins Park, police said. Three NYPD sources with direct knowledge of the investigation told News 4 that a bullet struck the boy in the shoulder, while his 39-year-old father was shot multiple times, in the leg and foot.
The third person, a 57-year-old man, was grazed in the ankle, and refused medical attention, NYPD sources said.
The father and son were taken to Jamaica Hospital, where they are expected to recover, police sources said. The father, identified as Tyshawn Moses, has been the victim of two other shootings, in 2005 and 2013, according to two senior police officials.
It is likely that Moses will actually be arrested at the hospital, as there is an active warrant out for his arrest stemming from a 2019 shooting, senior police officials said. He is a member of the 9 Trey Crip gang and has been arrested 23 times, the sources said.
According to NYPD sources, 19 shell casings were recovered at the scene.
Police said the shooters fired multiple rounds from a dark-colored sedan before taking off. An investigation is ongoing.
The rise in gun violence across the five boroughs in recent months has local leaders calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to do more to address the issue of gang violence and guns.
Last month, the mayor announced "Safe Summer NYC," a plan to stop gun violence and help the city recover from the pandemic. The plan includes adding more employment slots for youths, hosting "Saturday Night Light games" at 100 sites, launching safe parks and gang-free zones, as well as other measures to increase community engagements. The plan also includes adding more cops to targeted areas.
In a tweet Wednesday night, the Sergeants Benevolent Association said they aren't to blame for the spike in crime, but rather it is the elected officials who are at fault for changing the laws.