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Houston Baptist star killed, 8 others shot in NYC

Houston Baptist star killed, 8 others shot in NYC

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NEW YORK — A school basketball participant was killed and eight different folks have been wounded Monday in an early-morning taking pictures at a gathering in Harlem, New York Metropolis police stated.

Officers responded round 12:40 a.m. to stories of a taking pictures on a footpath alongside FDR Drive and located a number of folks wounded. Different victims went to hospitals on their very own, officers stated.

Darius Lee, a senior at Houston Baptist University in Texas, was killed, the college stated. He was 21. He grew up in Harlem, attended St. Raymond Excessive College for Boys within the Bronx and was house for summer season break.

The wounded included six different males and two females, police stated.

“This Father’s Day weekend is a weekend the place folks have been supposed to have the ability to take pleasure in themselves with their households,” NYPD commissioner Keechant Sewell stated at a information convention.

The investigation was ongoing Monday and police did not instantly have particulars in regards to the gathering, potential suspects or what may need led to the taking pictures.

A gun was recovered from the scene, police stated.

The New York Day by day Information reported that the gathering was a cookout organized by Harlem rapper Wealthy Rhymer, who posted invites on his Instagram account. He famous that his two prior cookouts had been freed from violence and wrote: “LETS GO FOR A 3PEAT.”

Lee, a guard and ahead, performed basketball at a group school in New York’s Sullivan County earlier than enrolling at Houston Baptist College. He was scheduled to graduate in December with a bachelor’s diploma in sports activities administration, the college stated.

Lee was not too long ago named the college’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the 12 months. He led the staff in scoring and rebounding final season, and completed sixth within the nation in steals per sport, incomes a second staff All-Southland Convention choice. Lee scored 52 points in a quadruple-overtime victory final season, as properly.

Houston Baptist coach Ron Cottrell described Lee as a “exceptional younger man” and a “pleasure to educate.”

“We’re in shock and can’t wrap our heads round this information,” Cottrell stated in an announcement posted on the college’s web site. “My coronary heart breaks for his mother, his sister and his whole household, and for our basketball staff… As nice of a basketball participant as he was, he was a good higher particular person.”

The taking pictures comes amid nationwide concern over gun violence and because the U.S. Supreme Court docket is contemplating whether or not to strike down a legislation that makes it troublesome to legally carry a handgun in New York.

Shootings are down 11% to this point this 12 months in New York Metropolis, in comparison with final 12 months. Murders are down 12% however are nonetheless at their second-highest degree since 2012.

Data from The Related Press was used on this report.

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