(Remarks made today, Sunday, December 3, 2017, by Assistant Chief David Barrere)- At approximately 04:30AM two (2) people were stabbed and a total of six (6) people were struck by a vehicle in the vicinity of Liberty Avenue and 128th street in Richmond Hill section of Queens. A preliminary investigation indicates that this incident was precipitated by a parking dispute in front of XS Hookah Lounge, located at 127-10 Liberty Avenue.
The driver of a white Hyundai sedan exited the vehicle and stabbed two individuals, both stabbed in the torso. During the ensuing dispute, involving a group of people who were outside the lounge, the white Hyundai sedan then drove from the scene and mounted the sidewalk approximately half a block away at 128th street. Six (6) individuals were struck by the vehicle, resulting in one (1) fatality. All of the other victims are hospitalized, with one (1) individual listed in critical condition at this time. At this point one (1) individual, believed to be the occupant of the white Hyundai sedan is in custody.
The vehicle has been recovered in another area of Queens. Detectives are conducting crime scene examination, interviewing victims and witnesses, and searching for video evidence. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. At this time it appears that this incident originated from a parking dispute which escalated resulting in the death and several serious injuries.