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Wild weekend of violence spreads across the Northeast, leaves ten shot dead and dozens wounded

Violence spread across the Northeast over the weekend with cities reporting dozens of shootings and homicides, as temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit during a record-setting May heatwave.

In New York City, police responded to at least nine shootings that left three men dead and a 17-year-old girl injured after she was shot in the face at a Bronx party.

The city’s subway system was rocked by yet another deadly, seemingly random attack following a mass shooting in a subway car in April that left 10 people with gunshot wounds and another 19 injured.

In Philadelphia, meanwhile, detectives are investigating at least 18 shootings, six homicides and eight stabbings since Saturday morning.

Police in Washington DC are also investigating the death of an on-duty police officer early Sunday morning. 

And in New Jersey, a wild party advertised on social media spurred chaos Saturday night, when police had to issue a curfew and arrested a total of 15 people – including 11 adults and four minors. 

All of this violence came amid a record-setting heat wave in the northeast, where temperatures reached into the mid-90s for the first time since last year.

LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY: Police from multiple agencies donned riot gear as they broke up a party on the Jersey Shore Saturday night and implemented a curfew

LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY: Police from multiple agencies donned riot gear as they broke up a party on the Jersey Shore Saturday night and implemented a curfew

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Police responded to at least 18 shootings, 8 stabbings and six homicides over the weekend

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Police responded to at least 18 shootings, 8 stabbings and six homicides over the weekend

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: A 48-year-old man was killed in a random daytime attack on the Q Train Sunday morning

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: A 48-year-old man was killed in a random daytime attack on the Q Train Sunday morning

The wild weekend began on the Jersey Shore Saturday evening after thousands of people descended on Long Branch for a party advertised on social media. 

Long Branch’s Director of Public Safety Domingos Saldida said the crowd began to arrive around 3:30pm and soon swelled to about 5,000 people. He said most of the crowd arrived from trains that departed from Newark.

Saldida said party goers were arriving to the beach ‘500’ at a time, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Chaos soon erupted by nightfall, as police officers from multiple agencies were called in to control the crowds, according to NBC 4 New York. Videos posted online showed the officers donning riot gear and carrying shields as they blocked off the street.

People could be heard screaming as they fled the scene, and multiple people could be seen getting arrested. 

The tensions escalated as police used a flash bang and smoke grenade ‘in response to fights taking place and bottles and rocks being thrown where the crowd would not disperse,’ a county prosecutor said in the aftermath.

Police also issued a 9pm curfew for the area, and soon after the curfew went into effect, city officials said, the police had the area locked down and the majority of the crowds had dispersed – returning to the trains nearby.

By the end, police announced they had arrested 15 people in connection with the violence at the party – including 11 adults and four minors. 

Officials said Saturday’s mass gathering was the result of a flyer posted online by a person going by the name of ‘Dareeq Smith the 3rd.’

The flyer told people to arrive at Long Branch at noon, but gave no end time.

It also instructed guests to ‘BYOLQ’ and ‘BYOW,’ a reference to liquor and weed, or cannabis.

In the aftermath, NBC 4 New York reports, countless bottles and other trash were found scattered up and down the beach.

One police car was also vandalized in the chaos, but no other damage or injuries were reported.  

‘I would like to thank all of our local law enforcement agencies and our state partners for their response to [Saturday’s] incident,’ Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey said in a prepared statement.

‘Responding agencies worked in unison to create a swift, professional, and tactical response to what was evolving as a dangerous situation

‘We appreciate the efforts of Long Branch city officials issuing tonight’s curfew in response to the public safety situation. Their efforts are to be commended.’

LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY: Police were forced to issue a 9pm curfew Saturday night after thousands gathered at the beach

LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY: Police were forced to issue a 9pm curfew Saturday night after thousands gathered at the beach

LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY: Authorities say crowds began to arrive for a party advertised on social media at around 3.30pm and soon the crowd swelled to about 5,000 people

LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY: Authorities say crowds began to arrive for a party advertised on social media at around 3.30pm and soon the crowd swelled to about 5,000 people

LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY: Police from multiple agencies responded to the scene and arrested 15 individuals - 11 adults and four minors - for fights that broke out

LONG BRANCH, NEW JERSEY: Police from multiple agencies responded to the scene and arrested 15 individuals – 11 adults and four minors – for fights that broke out

People in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, though, were not as fortunate as the weekend saw at least six people were killed in the City of Brotherly Love since Saturday morning.

Police were first called to the scene of a Penn’s Landing Saturday night just after 9:30pm for reports of multiple gunshots – and when they arrived they found three teenagers – all just 14 years old – suffering from gunshot wounds.

One 14-year-old male was shot in the rib cage, police reported, and two 14-year-old females were shot in the foot.

Two were initially reported to be in critical condition, FOX 29 reports, but they are now said to be in stable condition.

Officers believe the shooting  stemmed from an argument the shooter – described as a black male between the ages of 14 and 15 – may have had with the teenagers.

No arrests have been made in the case yet. 

Then just a few hours later, just before 11pm, a 33-year-old man died after being shot at least ten times in the chest on 72nd Avenue in West Oak Lane, and at 2am on Sunday, police found a man lying on the street with gunshot wounds, ABC 6 reports. There is no word on his condition. 

Two hour later, police were also called to the 2100 block of Diamond Street where officials say a man shot a 38-year-old would-be robber who pointed a gun at him after leaving a corner store. The would-be robber was later pronounced dead at Temple Hospital.

By 5.45am on Sunday, police were also called to the scene of a homicide in North Philadelphia where they found a 29-year-old man shot twice in the chest. The man – who has not yet been identified – was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors told ABC 6 the victim ‘was a really nice guy. 

‘We always loved him around here. He never messed with nobody. He had a real beautiful heart,’ an unnamed neighbor said, describing the victim as a mechanic who helped everyone in the area with their cars.

Nearly 12 hours later, after 5pm, police found a male victim – believed to be in his late teens to early 20s – shot in the head in the city’s Logan neighborhood. Police say the victim was an Uber driver, though it is unknown if that is related to his death.

He was rushed to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

And at around 9.30pm, police were called to West Philadelphia, where they brought a victim to the hospital in unknown condition.

‘What I’m thinking is it’s very sad all the senseless murders and killings out here in these streets,’ Rodney Williams, of North Philadelphia, told ABC 6 of the recent rash in shootings.

Police say the weekend violence brought the city’s death toll to more than 180 for the year, and while that is down from last year, it is worse than any other in the past 15 years.

WASHINGTON DC: Metro Special Police Officer Shawn Minor, 33, (pictured) was found dead from a gunshot wound on Sunday morning while he was on duty and in uniform

WASHINGTON DC: Metro Special Police Officer Shawn Minor, 33, (pictured) was found dead from a gunshot wound on Sunday morning while he was on duty and in uniform

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Authorities in Pennsylvania responded to eight shootings over the weekend

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Authorities in Pennsylvania responded to eight shootings over the weekend

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Officials say six people were killed in the violence over the weekend

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Officials say six people were killed in the violence over the weekend

In New York City, the Big Apple’s crime wave once again continued over the weekend with at least nine shootings reported in the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The New York Post reports that an 18-year-old man was shot twice in the head and was killed at around 11pm Saturday in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, but did not survive.

A few hours later, a 32-year-old male was also shot in the torso in Brooklyn and was brought to Brookdale University Hospital, where he, too, was pronounced dead. 

The identities of the victims have not yet been released, and no arrests have yet been made in either shooting.

By mid-morning Sunday, a Goldman Sachs employee was shot and killed aboard a subway train in Lower Manhattan in a random, unprovoked attack.

Daniel Enriquez, 48, was riding the Q train from his home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, to Manhattan at 11.42 am when an unnamed gunman opened fire as the train was crossing the Manhattan Bridge. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The assailant fled the Canal Street Station and remains at large.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell tweeted a photograph of the suspect emerging from the subway on Monday morning. 

But the African American man’s face is covered by his COVID mask and he is wearing a dark blue hoodie, making it impossible to identify him. He was wearing a red t-shirt, jeans and white sneakers. 

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old girl was also shot in the face in the Bronx at around 1am on Sunday after a person shot into the crowd at a party.

The bullet went in through the victim’s right temple, police said, and came out of her left nostril. Her condition is unknown. Police are still searching for two men in connection with the attack, News 12 reports.

‘She’s lucky,’ a police source told the Post. ‘That could have been a lot worse.’

But the weekend’s gun violence actually began around 5pm on Saturday in the Bronx when a 37-year-old man was shot during a robbery. Cops say the gunman  took the victim’s jewelry and then shot the victim twice in the right leg. No arrests have been reported in the robbery or shooting.

A 20-year-old was also shot in the right leg at around 10pm Saturday night in the Bronx, and a 31-year-old was shot in the left arm by an unknown assailant at around 11.20pm.

A 32-year-old man was also shot in the left leg just before 11pm, and was expected to survive but has not yet cooperated with authorities investigating the shooting, and another man shot himself in the subway system in Harlem but is in stable condition.

And in Washington DC officers responded to the scene of of Elvans Road at around 12.23am Sunday morning, where they found Metro Special Police Department Officer Shawn Minor, 33, dead from a gunshot wound.

Minor, of Forestville, Maryland, was on duty and in his uniform at the time.

It is unclear if there is a suspect in the shooting yet, but Metro Police Officers are offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at (202) 727 – 9099. Anonymous tips could also be submitted to the department’s Text Tip Line at 50411. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Goldman Sachs employee Daniel Enriquez, 48, was killed in a random attack on the subway

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Goldman Sachs employee Daniel Enriquez, 48, was killed in a random attack on the subway

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Authorities have released photos of the suspect in the shooting on Sunday, but he remains on the loose and his identity has not yet been ascertained

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Authorities have released photos of the suspect in the shooting on Sunday, but he remains on the loose and his identity has not yet been ascertained

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The attack occurred at the Canal Street station in Lower Manhattan, where Enriquez was riding the Q train at 11.42 am

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The attack occurred at the Canal Street station in Lower Manhattan, where Enriquez was riding the Q train at 11.42 am

The wild weekend came as the Northeast saw record-setting temperatures. 

Philadelphia hit 95 degrees on Saturday to match a previous high mark for the city set in 1934, the New York Daily News reports, while Washington, D.C., reached 92 to tie a record set in 1966. 

And in Manhattan and the Jersey Shore, the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory and warned of dangerous air quality on Saturday – the city’s first day in May to reach 90 degrees since 2018. 

Such high temperatures tend to set tensions high – and lead to higher rates of crime.

In 2017, the BBC reports, scientists discovered that temperatures in Finland correlated with the amount of serotonin – which regulates anxiety and happiness – circulating in the blood. The study suggests that heat alters humans’ serotonin levels, which in turn affects levels of aggression.

Other experts, though, believe hot weather increases our level of testosterone, which makes humans more aggressive in the hot, summer months.

But others note that most of these studies are based on correlation, but do not necessarily affect one another, suggesting that the increase in crime and aggression during the summer months could be a result of more people venturing out, partying at crowded festivals, drinking during the day and generally being more active.

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