Four people were killed in less than 12 hours in the city starting Tuesday afternoon, including a Bronx man who was beaten to death in his home by a baseball-bat wielding intruder, police and sources said.
The grisly streak kicked off on Staten Island Tuesday afternoon when a gunman opened fire on Park Hill Avenue near Sobel Court in Clifton at about 4 p.m., police said.
The victim, identified by sources as 37-year-old Charles Ampofo, allegedly got into an argument with the suspect, 51-year-old Curtis Clay, over “disrespect,” sources said.
Clay then allegedly stabbed Ampofo several times in the head and chest and tried to drive off before cops busted him, according to police sources. Charges against him were pending.
Hours later in the Country Club neighborhood of the Bronx, police responded to a 911 call at an apartment on Bayview Avenue near Griswold Avenue at about 2:45 a.m. and found a man beaten to death, cops said.
Investigators believe a baseball-bat wielding intruder killed the unidentified 32-year-old, police said. No arrests have been made.
The final slaying was logged in Brooklyn Wednesday morning, when police conducting a wellness check found a 57-year-old man stabbed to death in his home on 84th Street near 14th Avenue in Dyker Heights, cops said.
Investigators believe the victim’s son may have knifed him to death, but a motive is unclear.
The slayings continue an upward trend in murders citywide in recent weeks compared to the same period last year.
There were 10 reported killings between April 5 and 12 across the city in 2020 –– compared to only four slayings in the period last year, a 150 percent increase, according to NYPD statistics.
Last week there were three murders in a 24-hour period –– breaking a calm streak in the city that saw only eight murders in the three weeks prior.
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