May 20, 2019 By Meghan Sackman
A man was slashed in the face and shot at after a verbal dispute erupted in a playground behind I.S. 204 in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City on Friday.
The 23-year-old victim, according to police, was approached by six unknown individuals while watching a baseball game at the playground area behind I.S. 204, located at 36-41 28 Street, on May 17 at around 5:25 p.m.
One of the six individuals pulled out a box cutter, during a dispute between the victim and the group, and slashed the victim’s face, injuring his right eye.
A second individual then pulled out a firearm and fired, police say.
EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was in stable condition.
No other injuries were reported in relation to this incident.
The two suspects were later caught on video surveillance cameras on the corner of 37 Avenue and 30 Street.
The first individual is described by police as male, Hispanic, medium build, with a goatee and short, dark hair. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, brown shoes and carrying a black backpack.
The second individual is described as male, Hispanic, with a thin build and short black hair. He was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a gray shirt, a gray hooded sweat jacket and carrying a black back pack.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).