NEW YORK - Police in New York are investigating the execution-style killings of two men in the High Bridge section of the Bronx.
Cops were responding to a 911 call about a large crowd gathered in the area of Depot Place and Sedgwick Avenue just after 1 a.m. on Thursday when they found two men shot dead inside a vehicle. Each man had a gunshot wound to the back of the head.
A 30-year-old man was found in the driver's seat and another man was found in the passenger seat. The vehicle was parked in front of 1475 Sedgwick Avenue.
One of the victims was identified Friday by the NYPD as Richard Dominguez of Jesup Avenue in the Bronx.
No arrests have been made.
The incident took place not far from the NYPD Strategic Response Group headquarters. It comes as the number of shootings are up across New York City and as violence towards NYPD officers has also increased.
Since the beginning of the year through Saturday, there were 530 shootings compared to 350 shootings for the same time period last year. In over nine days there were 83 shootings citywide. There have not been this many shooting incidents on New York City streets since 1996, according to the NYPD.
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Concerns are rising about safety across the city after the City Council passed a budget earlier this week cutting $1 billion of funding to the police department.
Protesters remain camped outside City Hall after insisting that the city make the giant cut. The protests come amid a nationwide campaign to “defund” police — a movement animated by outrage over the deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans at the hands of police.