The amount of violence present in New York City has been soaring in recent months. While many of these shooting sprees are relegated to the evenings, an increasing number of incidents are occurring in broad daylight, such as two incidents in Brooklyn that left two people wounded and an 18-year-old dead.
“This neighborhood [Brooklyn] is becoming a shooting gallery,” said one resident during an interview with AM New York. “Why won't it just stop?”
The first fatality of the night occurred at around 10 p.m. outside a McDonald's in downtown Brooklyn. A 23-year-old man was shot several times in the head and shoulder by a gunman who immediately fled the area. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. NYPD officers recovered a firearm that they believe was dropped by the victim, in a futile attempt at self defense.
The shooter was identified as a five-foot-ten African American man in his 20s. He was wearing a white bucket hat and a black shirt and he fled north following the incident. He remains at large.
In the second shooting incident that led to a fatality, three men were shot at around 2 a.m. on Friday in the Crotona neighborhood in the Bronx. One of the victims, a 60-year-old man, was shot in the torso and pronounced dead after being rushed to the nearby St. Barnabas Hospital. The two other victims, a 36-year-old and a 54-year-old, are stable and expected to recover.
Witnesses state that the shooter, who was firing from a vehicle, emptied at least “a whole clip” into the victims. “Had to be 10 to 12 [shots] at least,” said Catherine Ortiz, who witnessed the shooting. The suspect fled the scene and is still at large.
The last fatal shooting occurred at around 4:20 a.m. in the Bronx's Tremont neighborhood. A 44-year-old man was fatally shot in the back of the head. The NYPD says that incident appears to be a targeted shooting. No arrests have been made and no information was released related to the suspects.
There were eight other confirmed shooting incidents that occurred that night. Three of those incidents, two in Brooklyn and one in the Bronx, fortunately did not cause any injuries.
At 12:56 a.m., one woman drove herself to the Brooklyn Hospital Center after receiving an unspecified gunshot wound.
At 1:15 a.m. in the East Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn, a 52-year-old man was shot in the arm and a 23-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder. The suspects were spotted fleeing the scene in an SUV.
At 1:55 a.m. in the Hunts Point neighborhood in the Bronx, a 28-year-old man had gunshot wounds in his chest and arm, and a 22-year-old woman was shot in the back and the knee. According to the NYPD, the victims have not been cooperating and would not divulge any more information regarding the incident.
At 3:15 a.m. in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn, a 27-year-old man was shot and was taken to New York Methodist Hospital downtown. Reports say that the man is in critical condition.
Finally, at 3:30 a.m., in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, a 36-year-old was shot in his right thigh. He is currently in a hospital and in stable condition, but police have described him as “highly uncooperative.”
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In a span of six hours, at least 11 people were shot, according to the NYPD. They have also released data showing that shootings in the city are up by a staggering 82 percent, compared to the same time last year. Furthermore, murders were up 59 percent, burglaries skyrocketed 31 percent and auto thefts were up by 53 percent.
Vincent Vallelong, vice president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the labor union that represents police sergeants in the NYPD, said that the criminals are encouraged due to the passage of certain police “reforms.”
“The criminals basically know, their hands are untied,” said Vallelong. “They're not afraid of a police officer coming up to them.” (Related: Authorities, residents raise alarm: “Crime-riddled New York City may be sliding back into its bloody past.”)
Vallelong did not elaborate which reform specifically is making criminals feel like they can act more freely. However, it should be noted that, under pressure from Black Lives Matter activists and a looming budget crisis, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio has opted to defund the NYPD by an extremely massive amount – $1 billion.
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