“The first killing occurred at 6 p.m. on Friday in the South Bronx,” nytimes.com reports. “Two friends were standing in front of 680 Tinton Avenue near the John Adams Houses when a gunman opened fire, the police said. Tyrek Singleton, 28, of the Bronx was shot in the torso and pronounced dead at Lincoln Medical Center. His 26-year-old friend, who was not immediately identified, was shot in the leg. He told investigators he did not know the gunman.” Yeah, that’s what he said . . . I wonder if anyone involved was a gang banger. I don’t wonder if gun control could have prevented this killing. Because it didn’t. On to the next . . .
Two and a half hours later, two men were shot in the chest and killed in Brownsville, Brooklyn, the police said. The men were identified as Tevin Beckles, 21, and Randolph Williams, 37, both of Brooklyn. The police said Mr. Williams had 52 arrests, most of them drug-related.
Wow! Fifty-two arrests. I wonder about the exact nature of those non-drug-related arrests. Meanwhile, I have a sneaking suspicion that this murder was also drug-related. And just because a gun was used doesn’t mean that it somehow “caused” this crime. Wait. Is this Joe Nocera’s The Gun Report? No. He’d never mention priors.
At 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, police officers found Pablo Pagan, 40, dead with a gunshot wound to the head close to his home in the Arthur H. Murphy Houses on Vyse Avenue in the Bronx.
About three miles away and two hours later, police officers discovered Marco Castillo, 24, with a gunshot wound to the chest. Mr. Castillo was pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
The police said that Mr. Castillo was walking on Westchester Avenue when two men approached and one started a physical fight with him. When the man began to lose, the other man shot Mr. Castillo in the head and torso.
Who was it that said that nothing good happens at 2am in the morning? Every gun guru extant. As for who started the fight and who was winning and how that was progressing at the time of the murder, well, it doesn’t matter now, does it? Perhaps legally but not as far as Mr. Pagan’s survivors are concerned.
Not to belabor a point (much), I wonder if any of the men involved had a criminal record and why The New York Times mentioned Mr. Williams’ rap sheet but offered no info on priors for any of the people involved in this crime? I wonder if the murderer would have killed Mr. Castillo with a knife if he’d had one. Or, if he’d “won” the fight, if he would have beaten Mr. Castillo to death. Would his pal have helped?
On Sunday morning, about five miles away from where Mr. Castillo had been shot, the police said that a 38-year-old man was shot in the torso around 6:40 a.m. on Boston Road in the Bronx. The man was taken to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Just five miles away, eh? Maybe there’s some kind of geographic thing going on here. You know: a pattern of gang activity in a particular area. That might have something to do with it. Of course, we could focus on a pattern of “easy access to guns” but I’m not sure what good that would do in terms of reducing the number of murders. Just sayin’ . . .