One dead, three injured, after quadruple stabbing in Sunset Park

Officers fron the 72 Probe a stabbing at 7th Avenue and 57 Street.
Officers from the 72nd Precinct probe a quadruple stabbing near 57th Street and Seventh Avenue Friday night.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A quadruple stabbing in Sunset Park left one man dead and another three injured Friday night.

At around 9:21 pm on Feb. 26, police responded to a 911 call of an assault near 57th Street and Seventh Avenue outside of what authorities say appeared to be an illegal gambling operation.

When officers arrived, they found three men on the ground, each with stab wounds, after an apparent robbery attempt at the establishment.

Emergency Medical Services transported all three victims to NYU Langone-Brooklyn, where the oldest victim — a 46-year-old man — was pronounced dead. The other men, ages 39 and 42, sustained non-life threatening injuries and were listed in stable condition early Saturday, according to authorities, who say they are looking for multiple suspects in connection to the bloodshed.

A fourth victim was treated at the scene for a minor puncture wound, police added.

An officer at the scene.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

There are no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing.

As of Feb. 21, when the most recent data is available, there had been 17 robberies and 24 felony assaults in Sunset Park’s 72nd Police Precinct throughout 2021 — compared to 30 robberies and 28 felony assaults throughout the same timeframe in 2020. 

Borough-wide, both crime categories are also down on the year, with 693 felony assaults and 383 robberies between Jan. 1 and Feb. 21 — compared with 788 and 672, respectively, during the same timeframe in 2020.

Authorities allege the stabbing occurred after an attempted robbery of an apparent illegal gambling operation.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of the suspect in the Bay Ridge robbery is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at www.NYPDcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTipsAll calls are confidential.

Correction/update (Monday, 9:50 am): A previous version of this story labeled the victims as the attackers, as was reported by law enforcement sources. Through an investigation, detectives determined that a man named William Smith was the primary culprit in the bloody robbery attempt. Following questioning, he was taken into custody on Feb. 28 at the 72nd Precinct’s stationhouse.