A 25-year-old man was shot on a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus in Crown Heights late on Tuesday night.
According to a New York City Police Department representative, the victim was the unintended target of the bullet after two men got into an argument on a B44 select bus at the corner of Empire Boulevard and Nostrand Avenue just after 11pm. The victim was shot once in the buttocks, and was transported to NYC Health+Hospitals/Kings County in stable condition.
The identity of the gunman is unknown at this time, and the investigation is ongoing, according to the NYPD. Immediately after the incident, cops said they were searching for a man and a woman who fled the bus after the shooting.
The incident came at the end of a bloody day in New York City — two people were shot in separate incidents in East New York on the morning of March 14, and police are still actively investigating three separate but likely-connected shootings in Manhattan the same day.
So far this year, there have been two shooting incidents in the 71st Precinct — which includes southern Crown Heights and parts of Prospect Lefferts Gardens — according to NYPD data, and four transit crimes. Shootings are down compared to this time last year, but the rate of transit crimes remains flat. Citywide, both shootings and transit crime are down compared to March 2022.
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