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Two murders on Lower East Side in five-hour span

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | The Lower East Side was rocked by two murders within just a few hours of each other on Friday night and early Saturday morning, police said.

In the first incident, a 16-year-old Baruch Houses resident was fatally shot at Suffolk and Delancey Streets Friday night around 8:30 p.m. Responding officers found the victim unconscious lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the face.

E.M.S. transported the victim to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The New York Post identified him as Isiah Levine and said he was a reputed gang member with the Pitt Street Crew, with a lengthy rap sheet. The tabloid said Levine “was more than likely targeted for death.”

A second victim went to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital by private means for treatment for a gunshot wound to his hip and is expected to survive, police said.

The investigation is ongoing and there are no arrests.

Then, on Saturday, just after 1 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of a robbery at Hester Street between Forsyth and Chrystie Streets inside or near Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Responding officers found a 51-year-old male with a slash wound to his face and an abdominal stab wound.

E.M.S. transported the man to Bellevue Hospital, where he was declared dead.

A police spokesperson said the perp stole the victim’s e-bike, which had a Grubhub bag on the side of it, but that it wasn’t immediately clear if the victim was, in fact, a deliveryman.

As for what happened, he said, it could have been “a robbery gone wrong,” but that the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.

The suspect wore blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Police have not released the victim’s name pending proper notification of his family.

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