Three people fatally shot over three hours as gunfire surges in NYC

Three people were gunned down in a less than a three-hour span Wednesday night into Thursday — as the epidemic of gun violence across New York City shows no signs of abating.

The first fatal shooting broke out just before 8:45 p.m. in Flatbush outside 75 Martense St., where a 20-year-old man was shot in the face, cops said.

According to police sources, the 20-year-old was hanging out, celebrating a birthday when they heard shots and his friends noticed he was hit.

The man, whose name was not released, was rushed to Kings County Hospital by his friend, but died shortly after, according to police.

Moments later, inside the Amsterdam Houses on the Upper West Side, a 44-year-old man was shot eight times, police said.

When police arrived, they found Cedric Bennett lying on the ground with a bloody knife in his right hand, police sources said.

Bennett was taken to Mount Sinai West Hospital, but could not be saved.

Less than two hours later, an unidentified victim was found shot in the arm, chest and shoulder at West 175 Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights, cops said.

EMS rushed the 26-year-old man to NYC Health & Hospitals/Harlem, where he died, according to police.

The trio of fatal shootings capped off another bloody day in the Big Apple with seven shootings and seven victims.

On the same day in 2019, police recorded one more shooting and four more shooting victims — but Sept. 2 last year was Labor Day, historically one of the more violent days of the year in the city.

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