9 of New York’s Most Violent and Horrific Mass Shootings [List]
Unfortunately, the Saturday, May 14, 2022, mass shooting in Buffalo is not an isolated incident in New York. Horrific shootings with multiple fatalities are increasingly common in the United States. Even in a state like New York, where we have stricter gun laws than many other states, criminals can still get their hands on guns. the Chronicle Express reported,
In 2020, New York reported 38 mass shootings that left 20 dead and 175 injured. A year earlier, the state had recorded nine mass shootings that left seven people dead and 43 injured.
Here’s a look at some of the most prolific mass shootings in New York.
1. Palm Sunday Massacre – Brooklyn
April 15, 1984
10 dead including 6 children
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This violent incident took place at 1080 Liberty Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn, according to Wikipedia.
The victims all belonged to the same family:
Noel Maldonado, 3, Alberto Maldonado, 3, Juan Enrique Lopez, 4, Eddie Lopez, 7, Marelyn Bermudez, 10, Maria Isabel Perez, 10, 14 -Old Betsy Bermudez, Migdalia Perez, 14 years old, Carmen Perez, 20 years old, and Virginia Lopez, 24 years old.
In 1985, Christopher Thomas was convicted of committing the horrific crime due to jealousy. He ended up serving about 3 years for each victim. According to New York State law at the time, his time behind bars was cut short,
Thomas was sentenced to 83 to 250 years, but due to state law, he shouldn’t spend more than 50 years in prison. He ended up serving just over 32 years before being released in 2018, having served two-thirds of the maximum fifty years allowed by New York State.
2. Filming on the Long Island Railroad – Long Island
December 7, 1993
6 dead, 19 injured
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The shooting took place at the Merillon Avenue station in Garden City, Long Island, NY, according to Wikipedia.
The victims who died from their injuries were:
Amy Federici 27, James Gorycki, 51, who was an account executive, Maria Theresa Tumangan Magtoto, 30, who was a lawyer, Dennis McCarthy, 52, who was an office manager, 24-year-old college student Richard Nettleton and Mi Kyung Kim, 27.
Authorities say the attack was racially motivated as the shooter, Colin Ferguson, wanted to kill white people.
Ferguson was found guilty on February 17, 1995 of murdering the six passengers who died from their injuries. He was also convicted of attempted murder for injuring nineteen passengers. He was sentenced to 315 years and eight months to life, which means his earliest parole date is currently August 6, 2309. ~ Wikipedia
3. Wendy’s Massacre – Queens
May 24, 2000
5 dead, 2 injured
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The victims who lost their lives in the Wendy’s Massacre were:
Jean Auguste, 27, Ali Ibadat, 40, Jeremy Mele, 19, Ramon Nazario, 44, and Anita Smith, 23.
John Taylor, who was a former employee of Wendy’s – 40-12 Main Street in Flushing, Queens, New York – has been charged with the murders. He had an accomplice, Craig Godineaux.
On November 19, 2002, Taylor was convicted of 20 counts of murder and attempted murder. A week later, on November 26, the jury sentenced Taylor to death. ~ Wikipedia
However, his death sentence was overturned. He was sentenced to life without parole instead. Godineaux was sentenced to life in prison.
4. Shooting in Binghamton – Binghamton
April 3, 2009
14 dead, including the shooter, who committed suicide, 4 injured
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The victims who died in the attack are:
Parveen Ali, 26, from northern Pakistan, Almir Olimpio Alves, 43, Brazilian doctor, Marc Henry Bernard, 44, from Haiti, Maria Sonia Bernard, 46, who was from Haiti, Li Guo, 47, from China, Lan Ho, 39, from Vietnam, Layla Khalil, 53, mother of three from Iraq, 72-year-old English teacher Roberta King, 72, Jiang Ling, 22, who was from China, Hong Xiu “Amy” Mao Marsland, 35, from China, Dolores Yigal, 53, from the Philippines, 54 – old Hai Hong Zhong who was from China and Maria Zobniw, 60, social worker at the Civic Association.
Jiverly Antares Wong, originally from Vietnam, opened fire on the American Civic Association immigration center in Binghamton, New York. His victims were mostly immigrants, who were trying to become US citizens, according to Wikipedia. Multiple sources have suggested possible motives for Wong’s attack, including feeling “degraded and disrespectful” for his poor English skills, depression over losing his job, and difficulty finding work in New York. York.
5. Webster Shooting 2012 – Webster
December 24, 2012
4 dead, including the shooter and his sister, 3 wounded
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The victims of the fatal incident were:
Michael Chiapperini, 43, a lieutenant and public information officer for the Webster Police Department, 19-year-old firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka and the attacker’s 67-year-old sister, Cheryl, according to Wikipedia.
William H. Spengler intentionally set fire to his home, located at 191 Lake Road in Webster, NY. When firefighters arrived on the scene to fight the blaze, he began shooting at them with three guns. This incident was not Spengler’s first murder. In 1980 he killed his 92-year-old grandmother with a hammer and only served 17 years behind bars. His sister Cheryl was found dead in the house after the fire was brought under control.
A two- to three-page typed letter written by Spengler was found at the scene. This reflected Spengler’s intention to ambush first responders, but offered no motive for the shooting. In it, he wrote, “I still have to prepare myself to see what part of the neighborhood I can burn down and do what I like best to do, kill people.” ~ Wikipedia
6. Herkimer County Shootings – The Villages of Mohawk and Herkimer
March 13, 2013
6 dead including the shooter and a canine officer, 2 injured
The shooting took place in the villages of Mohawk and Herkimer, New York, according to Wikipedia.
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The victims of the Herkimer County shooting were:
Harry Montgomery, 68, Michael Rancier, 57, Thomas Stefka and Michael Renshaw. https://www.cnn.com/2013/03/13/justice/new-york-shooting
The shooter, Kurt Myers, shot his victims at a barber shop in Mohawk and at a Herkimer auto service business, both of which he had frequented at one point, according to Times Telegram. In addition to its human victims, Myers killed an FBI dog named Ape. Police say he had a modest apartment, no job, and lived off his credit cards, racking up a ton of debt that he hadn’t paid off.
7. Rochester Gathering Filming – Rochester
September 19, 2020
2 dead, 16 injured
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According to WKBW, the incident occurred in a house on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Rochester Police Department was investigating after 16 people were shot and two teenagers were pronounced dead at the scene. According to USA todayover 100 people attended.
8. Trinitarios Shooting – Queens
July 31, 2021
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Filming took place in Queens, NY on 37th Avenue. The victims were between the ages of 19 and 72. Police suspect it was gang related. Four suspects – two on scooters and two on foot – were filmed.
9. Tops Friendly Market Shooting – Buffalo
May 14, 2022
10 dead, 3 injured