Houston Baptist star killed, 8 others shot in NYC

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NEW YORK — A college basketball player was killed and eight other people were wounded Monday in an early-morning shooting at a gathering in Harlem, New York City police said.

Officers responded around 12: 40 a.m. to reports of a shooting on a footpath along FDR Drive and found several people wounded. Officials said that other victims were taken to hospitals on their own.

Darius Lee, a senior at Houston Baptist University in Texas, was killed, the university said. He was 21. He was born in Harlem and attended St. Raymond High School in the Bronx. He was also home for summer vacation.

The wounded included six other males as well as two females, according to police.

“This Father’s Day weekend was supposed to allow people to have fun with their families,” Keechant Sewell, NYPD commissioner, said at a press conference.

Police were still investigating Monday, but they didn’t have any details about the gathering, suspects, or what may have caused the shooting. A gun was found at the scene, police stated.

The New York Daily News reported that Rich Rhymer, a Harlem rapper, invited guests to a cookout. He wrote that his previous cookouts were free from violence and noted that he had done them twice before. “

Lee was a forward and guard who played basketball at a New York community college before enrolling at Houston Baptist University. According to the university, he was expected to graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.

Lee recently was named the university’s Male Student Athlete of Year. He was the team’s leader in rebounding and scoring last season and finished sixth in steals per match in the country, earning him a second All-Southland Conference selection. Lee scored 52 points in a quadruple-overtime victory last season, as well.

Houston Baptist Coach Ron Cottrell called Lee a “remarkable youngman” and a joy to coach. “

” We are still in shock and can’t believe this news,” Cottrell stated in a statement on the university’s site. His mom, his sister, and his entire family are in shock. He was a great basketball player, but he was also a great person. The shooting occurred amid national concern about gun violence and as a U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to strike down a law making it difficult to legally possess a handgun in New York.

Shootings are down 11% so far this year in New York City, compared to last year. Murders are down 12% but are still at their second-highest level since 2012.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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