New York City managed to stave off murder until Valentine’s Day, when a man died Saturday after being shot.
Police found Eric Roman, 28, at his Queens home in Woodhaven on Friday, New York Daily News reports. He had been shot in the head, leg and hand and was taken to Jamaica Hospital, The New York Times reports. The shooting occurred minutes after NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said he hoped the cold temperatures would help extend the streak, New York Daily News reports.
“In modern times nobody can find a time it went this long — and let’s hope it continues,” Bratton said.
Roman remained in critical condition until he died on Saturday.
According to police, the gunman reportedly fled the scene in a Mercedes Benz with an accomplice, and police are unsure what caused the shooting.
The streak started after 28-year-old Shadale Graham was shot and killed on Feb. 1 in Harlem. The 12 murderless days marks the longest stretch New York has seen since the 1990s.