At least five people died in a spree of gun violence in New York earlier this week.
The New York Post reports that police are investigating four separate shootings that took place over one 24-hour period beginning early Tuesday.
The shootings, which took place in Brooklyn and Queens, saw five men fatally shot — one as young as 18.
Tragedy in NYC
The Post reported that the violence began around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, “when 18-year-old Angel Nixon was fatally shot in the head, torso, and legs” during a street fight. But the bloodshed didn’t end there.
According to ABC7 New York, 25-year-old Gregory Haskins was shot dead outside his Queens home at around 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The outlet reports that Haskins’ godmother, Judy Heyward, “was the last to see him alive.”
“Greg was a great child, a great child,” Heyward reportedly said of her godson. “His mother will be forever traumatized, forever be traumatized.”
Just an hour later, police responding to a 911 call in Brooklyn found 28-year-old Arsenio Gravesande “on the pavement,” where he had fallen after being shot, according to the Post. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died.
And just about an hour after that, another shooting left two men dead in Coney Island; a 27-year-old man took shots to the stomach, while a 38-year-old man suffered shots to his head.
ABC7 reports that a suspect has been arrested in the death of the 18-year-old. But according to the Post, the gunmen in the other cases are still at large.
Meanwhile, a larger debate on gun control has swept the nation since two tragic shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio rocked the nation earlier this month.
In the aftermath of the shootings, President Donald Trump showed a willingness to consider gun control measures not typically encouraged by Republicans, including universal background checks and so-called “red flag” laws. But he seemed to backtrack on that openness earlier this week, calling gun control a “slippery slope,” according to The Hill.
Of course, these shootings have just proved once again that gun control laws don’t work. After all, New York City has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. But after Tuesday, you never would have guessed.