By Christina Santucci
A 33-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to his head Friday evening less than a block from where a 69-year-old man was stabbed to death four days earlier, police said.
Authorities responded to a report of a man shot at about 6 p.m. in the main Jackson Heights roadway at 80th Street. After locating the victim, who had gunshot wounds in his head and neck, at 89-09 Roosevelt Avenue, he was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the NYPD said.
No one was immediately arrested in connection with the homicide, and the man’s identity had not been released as of Sunday afternoon, according to cops. A spokeswoman for the NYPD said an investigation was ongoing.
A 69-year-old man was stabbed to death at about 1 p.m. Monday, near the corner of 90th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, and a 22-year-old Bronx man was charged with murder in connection with his death, police said.
Several workers and shop owners at the intersection said the recent spate of violence had them worried.
“Of course, it makes me nervous,” said Fatema Zohra, who has owned Kacha Bazar for the past 13 years. “You don’t know when it will happen again.”
A man, who identified himself as Patrick and works inside Jackson Heights Home Goods, suggested better surveillance in the area could help authorities catch and prosecute those who break the law.
“What they need to do is have video cameras along this street,” he said, motioning to Roosevelt Avenue. “[Police] can identify if someone is bad and catch them more easily.”
Patrick said the crime also takes its toll on the small stores in the area.
“Usually this is a family street,” he said. “People are afraid. Sometimes we lost money because of that.”
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