Livery cab rider killed in ambush as shootings also injure 14-year-old


A livery cab passenger was shot dead in Queens early Sunday after being ambushed by a gunman on a moped — as a 14-year-old girl also became the latest bystander injured in soaring gun crime across the Big Apple, police said.

The 27-year-old passenger — identified by police sources as Diego Vasquez — was struck multiple times in the head and body as he sat in the back of the car in Elmhurst just before 1:30 a.m.

The cab had been driving northbound on Broadway when the moped pulled up alongside it at a red light at 81st Street — with the bike’s passenger pumping bullets through the rear passenger-side window, the NYPD said.

The cab driver sped away from the scene with the bullet-ridden victim in the back to try to get help, and was pulled over by police a few blocks away, sources said.

An ambulance rushed the victim to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, where he was pronounced dead, the NYPD said.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the shooting.

The livery cab driver was not injured and was cooperating with cops. There have been no arrests, the NYPD said.

He was one of at least two people murdered in early-hours shootings Sunday. A 36-year-old man — identified by sources as Allan Benn — was hit in the neck and chest as he was gunned down on Barnes Avenue in the Bronx, the NYPD said.

He was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi, where he was pronounced dead, police said. There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

Earlier, a 14-year-old girl was shot in the right thigh during a fight just before 11 p.m. Saturday in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.

”She seems to be an unintended target,” a police spokeswoman told The Post of the attack on Willoughby Avenue close to Beth Shalom synagogue.

The teen, from East New York, was taken to Maimonides Hospital in Borough Park where she was in a stable condition, sources said.

The alarming spike in shootings this year has seen a number of innocent bystanders injured — including an 8-year-old girl and her father who were wounded when a gunman opened fire during an argument outside a Harlem supermarket on Saturday night.


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