New Woodhaven violence may be gang-related: NYPD

By Gabriel Rom

The streets of Woodhaven erupted into chaos Wednesday night when a 24-year-old man was stabbed in the neck by a group of unknown men, police said. A police source said the assault might have been gang-related.

The victim remained in stable but critical condition Thursday at an area hospital, police said.

He was found bleeding in front of Scaturro’s Food Market at 84-39 Jamaica Ave., but police said the stabbing occurred in front of a bodega on 84th Street and Jamaica Avenue. Police said five to six males approached the victim, conversed with him, then stabbed him twice in the neck.

No arrests have been made and the investigation was ongoing.

The incident comes only 12 days after a 39-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were shot inside the Rico Chimi hamburger restaurant located at 80-01 Atlantic Ave.

Lt. Estrella of the 102nd Precinct said police were looking for an individual who came from Brooklyn and that the restaurant shooting was likely related to gang activity or a personal dispute.

“This was premeditated,” he said at the February Woodhaven Residents Block Association meeting. “The suspect went after a specific person.”

Reach reporter Gabriel Rom by e-mail at grom@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

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