Three men shot, one fatally, in NYC’s first homicide of 2021
Three men were shot — one fatally — in a Queens hotel early Friday, marking the first homicide of 2021, police said.
The New Year was just an hour old when shots were fired inside the Umbrella Hotel, a hotel that also provides space to the homeless, on Queens Blvd. near 82nd Ave. around 1:10 a.m., a block away Queens Criminal Court, cops said.
Shots were fired as two groups squared off, witnesses told police. Two 20-year-old men and a 40-year-old man were hit, said police.
One of the 20-year-old victims died of his wounds at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens.
The 40-year-old victim was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where he was in critical condition Friday morning. The third 20-year-old victim was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and was expected to survive.
There have been no arrests.
New York City ended 2020 with a massive uptick in gun violence — with a 97% jump in shootings as of Wednesday night compared to the same date a year earlier.
Murders were also up for the year by 43% as of Wednesday, officials said.