Gunman shoots two teens in Canarsie drive-by

A man was shot in the head, another man was shot in shoulder on Ralph Avenue in Canarsie.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Canarsie police are looking for the gunman who shot two teenagers in a drive-by attack on Saturday night.

Authorities say the shooting occurred on April 17 at around 9:20 pm in Ralph Avenue near E. 78th Street, while the two victims — aged 18 and 19 — sat inside a silver BMW when an unidentified gunman inside the a nearby sedan began firing shots at the pair, striking the 18-year-old in the shoulder, and grazing the 19-year-old in the head. 

Following the ambush attack, the victims sped away from the scene, but stopped about a half-mile away on Avenue H in Flatlands and called for help.

Officers from the 69th Precinct responded to the incident, and paramedics brought the 18-year-old man to Brookdale University Hospital, and the 19-year-old man to Kings County Hospital. Both are expected to recover from their injuries.  

At this point in the ongoing investigation, detectives have not yet established a motive for the shooting, or a description of the shooter. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.