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1 dead, 8 injured in Harlem shooting, police say

A 21-year-old college basketball player was pronounced dead at Lincoln Hospital after the shooting at a gathering early Monday, police said.

One person was killed and eight other people were injured in a shooting in Harlem, New York, early Monday, police said.

Deputy Police Chief Brian McGee said at a news conference that police were called to numerous reports of people shot at East 139 Street and Fifth Avenue at around 12:40 a.m.

Officers found five people shot on a footpath along FDR Drive under the Madison Avenue Bridge, he said. Emergency crews tool all five victims to area hospitals.

Four other victims were transported to hospitals by private means, he said.

One of the nine victims, a 21-year-old man, was pronounced dead at Lincoln Hospital, McGee said. He was later identified as Darius Lee, who lived a block from the scene.

Lee was a guard for the Houston Baptist University Huskies basketball team. The university had recently named him its male student-athlete of the year, and he was on track to graduate with a bachelor's degree in December, the university said. He was seventh in the country in steals per game among Division I teams, according to NCAA statistics.

"He was a very fine young man who had a very bright future in front of him both on and off the court," Steve Moniaci, HBU's athletic director, said in a statement. "This is unfortunately, yet again, another example of the senseless gun violence that seems to be plaguing our country right now and we all pray it will cease."

McGee, the commanding officer for the area, said two female victims and six male victims were injured. He said police believed the incident unfolded at a gathering or "something of that nature." They are still investigating.

He did not provide details about any potential suspects, and it is unclear what led to the deadly incident. A firearm was recovered at the scene, police said. As of Monday afternoon there had been no arrests.

Speaking at the same news conference, Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell lamented that the shooting happened on a holiday weekend.

"It’s Father’s Day weekend. It’s a weekend where people were supposed to be able to enjoy themselves with their families, but we’re here to provide an update to New Yorkers about multiple people shot early this morning," she said.

"The emboldened individuals responsible for this are exactly who our officers are battling every day to make our city safe," Sewell said.

"While we are making some headway against violence, we have a lot of work to do. But we need help alongside the entire criminal justice system," she added as he called on anyone with information about the shooting to contact Crime Stoppers.

McGee also issued a call for more information, saying: "We know that there were a lot of people out there. We need them to call 1-800-577-TIPS."