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2 dead, 1 injured after violent weekend in the Bronx

CBS New York 3/26/2023 Jennifer Bisram

NEW YORK -- It was a violent weekend in the Bronx, where a man was stabbed to death after a fight with his neighbor and, just 24 hours later, two people were shot sitting in car.

Chad Boggs says he's traumatized after seeing his neighbor 27-year-old Tyquen Pleasant lose his life over a fight about loud music.

"I close my eyes, I see him. I see his eyes looking at me. 'Cause his eyes were open the whole time I was doing CPR," he said. "She came out of her apartment, and then they ran towards each other and started fighting. And they kinda hugged up, like, close and that's when she reached around and got him in the back with that knife."

It happened early Friday morning on Elsmere Place in the Tremont section of the Bronx. Police say the woman was arrested and charged with murder.

Early Saturday morning, also in the Tremont section, investigators say a 34-year-old man was shot and killed while sitting in his car. A second man was injured, and the gunman is still at large.

"It's scary. It's very scary," Boggs said.

According to the NYPD's latest crime statistics, 76 people have been murdered in the five boroughs so far this year, compared to 92 New Yorkers the same time last year.

Save Our Streets is part of the city's crisis management system. Their goal is to prevent violence in the five boroughs.

While homicides are down 17%, Ramon Caba, director of community safety for Save Our Streets in the Bronx, calls the violence a public health crisis.

When asked how to stop it, Caba said, "By having conversations, having conversations, getting individuals who are involved in the violence, getting them more resources, getting them more things to do."

His team of violence interrupters are on the streets every day, mediating and trying to change behaviors and neighborhood norms.

"Violence is a learned behavior. I just don't get up one day and say I'm gonna slapping people around or stabbing people or shooting people. There are other things that are going on in my mind and in my life that are probably prompting the violence that I'm exhibiting," Caba said.

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