A priest was struck by a stray bullet in Queens, and several other people were injured in overnight shootings and stabbings in separate incidents around the city.
Police say that the 49-year-old victim, whom the Post has identified as priest Damien Ekete, was on his way home when he was shot at 134th Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard. Cops say the suspects, who were in a vehicle driving by at the time, were shooting at someone else, and mistakenly struck Ekete in the arm around 12:15 a.m.
Ekete went to a nearby church after being struck, and was transported from there to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
At least two people were killed and six others were injured in separate incidents last night: a 33-year-old man was shot in the back and a 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg near the Summer Houses on Myrtle and Throop Avenues in Bed-Stuy around 10 p.m. Saturday. The News reports that both were taken to a local hospital and "are not cooperating with police."
Around 11:30 p.m., 26-year-old Roberto Rodriguez was fatally stabbed in the chest, and a 30-year-old was stabbed in the gut on E. 151st Street near Courtlandt Avenue in the South Bronx. The unidentified victim was taken to Lincoln Hospital in critical condition.
The News adds that two men were shot outside an apartment building on Schaefer Street near Central Avenue in Bushwick; they were taken to Kings County Hospital, where at least one is in critical condition. Ramel King, 33, was fatally shot in the chest on Williams and Atlantic Avenue in Brownsville around 2:30 a.m. And another unidentified person was shot near the intersection of 61st Street and 37th Avenue in Woodside around 4:30 a.m. That victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical but stable condition.
No arrests have been made in any of those incidents; cops adds that the investigations are ongoing.