First murder in NYC takes place in Queens, with double stabbing in Jackson Heights: NYPD

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The first homicide in New York City this year took place in Queens, when a double stabbing left one man dead and another fighting for his life on New Year’s Day.

Police said the murder happened at about 3:57 a.m. near the corner of 76th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights.

Upon arrival, officers from the 110th Precinct found 29-year-old Tsering Wangdu with a stab wound to the leg and a second unnamed 30-year-old man with stab wounds to the chest and face.

Both victims were rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where Wangdu was pronounced dead, and the 30-year-old is still fighting for his life.

Police say detectives are still investigating whether the brutal slaying stemmed from a lone suspect or if multiple perpetrators were involved.

No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.

As 2023 came to a close Sunday, the NYPD was on track for fewer than 400 homicides for the entire year. As of Dec. 24, 2023, the department tallied 380 murders, down 11.4% from the year-to-date number in 2022.

The 110th Precinct saw three homicides in 2023, down from the eight recorded in 2022, the most recent CompStat report indicated.

Anyone with information regarding the New Year’s Day stabbing can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on X (the site formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.