Local leaders, residents rally to stop violence in East NY

BROOKLYN - Local leaders and residents rallied against violence in East New York this evening after several teenagers were hospitalized during a violent night in the borough.

Police say two teenagers were shot and one stabbed at Clarkson Avenue and East 53rd Street in Brownsville last night. A 17-year-old male was also shot near 110 Ten Eyck Walk in Williamsburg shortly before 9 p.m.

In a third incident, two men were shot at 391 Georgia Ave. in East New York. One of the victims was 13 years old. Officials say all of the teens are now recovering in area hospitals.

Joined by Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn) and community activist Andrew Mitchell, residents say that they've had enough of the ongoing violence. Barron says he wants the city to put more kids into summer programs and jobs in order to keep them off the streets.

Police are urging anyone with information about the three incidents to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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