Video shows shootout on street in Astoria

Police are looking for several people involved in a shootout on a street in Queens in the early hours on Sunday.

The NYPD released video and other images from security cameras that captured some moments of the gunfire as well as some of the people cops say are involved.

Someone in a white SUV opened fire at two people near 36th Street and 28th Avenue in Astoria at about 3:50 a.m., police said. Then the intended victims, who apparently weren't hit, fired back at the moving SUV, the NYPD said.

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The vehicle then drove off on 28th Avenue heading west, the NYPD said, and the gunmen on foot fled. 


The firefight erupted just a few blocks from Steinway Street, where hundreds of people ignored social-distancing rules to hang out outside bars over the weekend. It is not clear if the people involved in the shooting are connected to that partying.

City and state authorities cracked down on some of the bars involved in the late-night revelry.

Gun violence in the city has spiked in recent months. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea introduced an initiative they hope will help address the crisis.