Heading to the shores for some sand and sun? Don’t forget to ready your beach bag. Sun screen? Check. Towel? Check. Umbrella? Check. Knives?…
You must be heading to Coney Island.
The People’s Playground has already seen its fill of violence this summer, with a sharp rise in murders, as well as several reports of shootings and stabbings. Three stabbings this weekend will assure a continued climb in the stats.
From the Daily News:
A fight in the ocean that moved to the sand left three people stabbed on Coney Island Beach Sunday, police said.
Eddie Cruz, 28, of Queens, and Reynaldo Hernandez, 19, of Brooklyn, slashed three others involved in the dispute, police said.
Their victims were a woman, 32, slashed in the head, a man, 24, stabbed in the back and another man, 20, stabbed to the head. All were in stable condition at Coney Island Hospital Sunday night.
The stabbings come just two weeks after the newly-formed Coney Island Coalition Against Violence marched down Mermaid Avenue to urge an end to local violence. Just hours before the demonstration, a bike-by shooting sent a man to the hospital.