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Three Men Shot Near Harlem Playground

By DNAinfo Staff on March 19, 2012 3:21pm  | Updated on March 19, 2012 5:12pm

By Tuan Nguyen and Wil Cruz

DNAinfo Staff

MANHATTAN — Three men were shot on a Harlem street in broad daylight Monday afternoon — just steps from a playground, officials said.

The gunfire erupted near St. Nicholas Park on West 129th Street and St. Nicholas Terrace about 2:30 p.m., police said.

A superintendent at a nearby building, who gave his name only as Adam, said he heard six shots.

"He was shot in the legs or arms but he was pretty conscious," the super said of one of the victims.

According to sources, the 911 call came in as an apparent drive-by shooting, but that could not immediately be confirmed.

Police said one of the victims, 30, was shot in the left hand and leg; a 25-year-old was shot in the left leg; and the third victim, 23, was shot in the buttocks, police said.

They were taken to Harlem Hospital and in stable condition, police and fire officials said.

Sources said the victims were being "very uncooperative" with cops about the shooting.

No one has been arrested.

The gunfire broke out just a few feet from away from a playground.

"I saw police everywhere but they didn't stop me from going to the park," said a shocked John Thomas, 37, who was playing with his 2-year-old twin boys in the playground a few hours after the shooting.

Thomas said he moved to the neighborhood from Brooklyn to get closer to his wife's job at the City College of New York.

"This definitely is not the reason for us to move here," he added. "It makes me think twice about going out."