A surge of deadly violence that spanned three boroughs and 24 hours left seven people dead from gunfire and four more – including a 7-year-old girl – wounded, police said Sunday.
The gory spike meant the city’s weekly murder rate increased fivefold from 2014 — jumping from two last year to 10 this year.
The bloodshed continued into Sunday, when a 24-year-old man was fatally shot at 2:49 p.m. on Briggs Ave. and E. 194th St. in Fordham, the Bronx. Police said David Hooks was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he died. The cops had no motive.
At 9 p.m., a stray bullet grazed a 7-year-old girl’s left ankle as she walked with her dad on E.158 St. and Cauldwell Ave. in Morrisania, cops said.
The mayhem reached its peak hours earlier, when a gunman opened fire at the Ingersoll Houses on Prince St. in downtown Brooklyn at 1:45 a.m. Sunday — killing three men.
Calvin Clinkscales, 43, and Lacount Simmons, 39, were shot in the head and died at the scene, cops said.
The third victim, Herbert Brown, 76, appeared to be a bystander. He was shot in the abdomen, police sources said, and died at New York Methodist Hospital.
“I heard eight shots. Boom, boom, boom. It was really loud,” Ingersoll resident Daniel Alcy, 21, said. “I got out of my bed and laid down on the floor to be safe. I was scared to look out the window.”
Brown’s grandson Janeil Smith-Brown, 27, said he had spoken to his grandfather, who enjoyed spending the nights outside, earlier in the day.
“He said, ‘I love you. I’m always here for you,’” Smith-Brown said.
The slain man’s fiancée, Gina Hall, 57, had a message for the gunman.
“You’re gonna pay and go to jail,” she said. “He didn’t deserve that.”
Police took a 21-year-old man into custody for questioning.
The triple murder added to a stretch of violence that began Saturday evening when a man was shot dead in front of a Flatbush cleaners.
Julio Yasser, 36, of Brooklyn, was standing in front of Mr. Lee Cleaners at Church Ave. about 5:45 p.m. when a dispute broke out.
He took two bullets to the chest, and the shooter got into a car and sped off, cops said. Yasser died at Kings County Hospital.
In the Bronx, another argument ended in death. Nestor Suazo, 25, was killed and a 34-year-old woman was critically wounded at E. Tremont and Clinton Aves. in East Tremont shortly before 8 p.m., police said.
“He was superloving, he had the brightest smile. He joked around so much, he would always make you feel good,” said Suazo’s sister Maria Herrera, 30.
“He went to some type of video shoot … with a female friend of his and a friend of hers and supposedly a fight broke out,” the sister said. “They shot both of them.”
Two clerks at the nearby Clinton Express Deli said three booming gun blasts sent customers diving for cover.
Just before midnight Saturday, Kevin Brye, 33, was shot in the head just steps away from the Jefferson Houses on E. 115th St. and First Ave. in East Harlem, cops said. Emergency responders rushed him to Metropolitan Hospital, but he could not be saved.
His grieving mother, Juanita Brye, 66, said her son, who was visiting someone at the housing complex, had called her about 20 minutes before the fatal shooting.
“He said he loved me,” she said of their last chat. “He was a very loving person.”
Brye left behind three children, including a 1-year-old baby and a 16-year old.
A spate of seven knifings and stabbings around the city also sent numerous victims to emergency rooms, including a teenage boy who was slashed across the head with a bottle, cops said.
While police statistics show the jump in the weekly murder rate, the overall number of shootings held just about even.
There were 17 gunshot incidents over the week ending Sunday, with 20 victims, compared with 15 shooting incidents during the same period last year.
For the year to date, the city experienced slightly fewer shooting incidents compared with 2014, police stats show. There were 852 at this time last year, compared with 848 so far this year — a 0.5% difference.
But during the same time frame, murders went up 5.3% — 239 this year from 227 in 2014.