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AP: ‘String Of Shootings’ Leave(s) Eight Hurt

From those seekers of the truth at the Associated Press:

String of shootings in New York City leave 8 hurt

Tue May 27

NEW YORK – A string of shootings in a New York City neighborhood sent eight people, including half a dozen teenagers, to nearby hospitals with gunshot wounds, police said Tuesday.

All of the victims were expected to recover from their injuries.

The six teens were found near Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, where a crowd had gathered. It was not immediately clear whether they were wounded at the park or as they fled when gunfire erupted about 10:15 p.m. Monday, police said.

The victims — between the ages of 13 and 18 — were found on several blocks along Lenox Avenue, from 125th Street to 128th Street.

They had been shot in the chest, thigh, torso, abdomen or foot, police said. A 15-year-old girl had been grazed on the forehead. No arrests had been made.

Police flooded the area and blocked off streets in the hours after the shooting at the park as they searched for suspects. Residents were told to go inside their homes.

Two men, ages 26 and 20, were wounded in unrelated shootings about half an hour before and after violence broke out at the park, police said.

Apart from the flawed grammar, doesn’t the headline and the article make it sound like this “string of shootings” just happened — like “spontaneous generation”?

The AP ‘style book’ used to encourage its reporters to use the active rather than the passive voice in their articles. But no more.

For no one is responsible. There are no culprits. (Unlike, say, the weather changing.) Only victims. Shootings just occur.

Still, compare and contrast the AP’s version with this report on (apparently) the same incident from the New York Post:




May 27, 2008 — Harlem erupted in mayhem last night when bullets began flying on jampacked streets across the neighborhood, sending panicked residents running for their lives.

Seven victims, all youths in their teens or early 20s, were wounded – including one who was in critical condition.

The other victims were stable.

The trouble began just after 10 p.m. at a Memorial Day barbecue in Marcus Garvey Park.

A witness said a fight over girls broke out and violence spread like wildfire. People were shot at four or more locations.

“First thing, I heard six shots, then I heard about another 12 shots another 10 minutes later,” said a terrified Ellen Resnick, who had just arrived at her home on Lenox Avenue.

“I saw cops running in all directions after gangs of kids.

“There’s tons of kids and millions of ambulances and police cars.”

A 21-year-old woman who had been at the park – and who asked that her name not be used – said, “All of a sudden, we saw these dudes fighting, and then there was shots, and we ran.”

Another witness, a 29-year-old woman who also requested anonymity, said, “I was scared for my life. I didn’t know what was going to happen.”

The victims were shot in an area bordered by West 131st Street to the north, West 125th Street to the South, Lenox Avenue to the east and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard to the west.

The victims were taken to Harlem and Lincoln Hospitals, police sources said.

One of the victims, who was shot in the thigh, was 13. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the foot. The ages of the other victims weren’t immediately known.

Cops from every borough rushed to the scene.

One patrol car racing to the area was involved in a crash. It was not immediately clear if anyone was hurt.

Arriving police found the streets filled with pedestrians ducking for cover.

“Hell, yeah, I was running,” said a 16-year-old boy. “That was some scary s – – -!”

It was not clear whether all the victims were intended targets or if any passers-by were hit.

Police believe were looking into the possibility that one gunman was responsible for all the shootings, a source said.

Of course not even the New York Post dared to mention the racial composition of the group.

Perhaps they supposed that went without saying.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 27th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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