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Queens Community Gathers To Condemn Gun Violence After Recent Shootings

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Gun violence continues to soar in New York City. Three recent shootings in Queens outside of a NYCHA complex have community leaders and victims' families calling for a cease fire; CBS2's Alice Gainer reports.

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- Gun violence continues to soar in New York City. Three recent shootings in Queens outside of a NYCHA complex have community leaders and victims' families calling for a ceasefire. CBS 2's Alice Gainer has more.

ALICE GAINER: Last night, a 32-year-old man sitting outside of Woodside Houses told police a man came over to him, demanded money, then shot him in the back. On Tuesday, a 29-year-old was shot dead outside of the NYCHA complex. And two weeks ago, at Broadway and 48th, innocent bystander Gudelia Vallinis, out running an errand, was struck by a bullet fired during a dispute that began at Woodside Houses.

- She was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

ALICE GAINER: The 37-year-old married mother of an 11-year-old and a nine-year-old also had six siblings and many godchildren.

ALFREDO VALLINAS: The pain will never go away. I will have to live that forever.

- She was also my best friend, the one that whenever I needed her, she would always be there.

ALICE GAINER: Heartbroken family members joined local leaders in calling for action, and people with information to come forward.

DONOVAN RICHARDS, JR.: Over the course of the last two or three weeks, we've seen these streets turned into a war zone. We need to ensure that these young people are getting the investments that they need to stop these shootings. It's about prevention.

ANNIE COTTON MORRIS: Parents, take control of your households where some of these children and young men are living.

ALICE GAINER: The family says Vallinis would want them to forgive.

- She would never want us to feel hate in our hearts for the people that did this to her.

ALICE GAINER: But they still want justice.

ALFREDO VALLINAS: Today, it was my family. It was the Vallinis family. It was Gudelia. But tomorrow, it could be yours.

ALICE GAINER: There's also a reward being offered for information that leads to an arrest. In Astoria, Queens, Alice Gainer, CBS 2 News.

- Police say the crimes are still under investigation, and would not comment on whether they might be gang-related.