Shootings in New York 20 minutes apart leave three dead

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Two teenagers were among three New Yorkers shot to death in the Big Apple on Sunday night in a pair of deadly shootings, according to authorities.

Two victims, including an 18-year-old woman, were fatally struck by gunfire in Harlem before a 17-year-old boy was shot to death in Brooklyn about 20 minutes later, police said.

When officers arrived at the scene of the first shooting around 7:27 p.m., they found Ashley Ballard, 18, with gunshot wounds to the back and head, and Harry Mendoza, 25, shot in the head. Head near East 128th Street and Lexington Avenue. said the NYPD.

Police say two people were shot and killed in Harlem over the weekend. GNMiller/NYPost

Both were rushed to Harlem Hospital, where Ballard, of East Harlem, was pronounced dead shortly after 8 p.m.

Mendoza, of Upper Manhattan, was initially in critical condition but later died from his injuries around 10 p.m., police said.

It is unclear what the relationship was between the two Manhattan victims and whether they were intended targets.

Police are seen at the scene following a fatal shooting at 256 East 37th Street in Brooklyn, New York. Wayne Carrington

Gunshots then hit Bryan Henriquez, 17, in the neck and torso near 256 East 37th St. in Brooklyn around 7:45 p.m., the NYPD said.

The Flatbush resident was transported by EMS to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A motive for either shooting was not immediately known while investigations were ongoing.

No arrests have been made.

Additional reporting by Steven Vago and Larry Celona.

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