In recent weeks, there have been a number of shootings in New York City. One instance saw a homeless man being shot in the forearm at King Street. The incident took place between Varick Street and Sixth Avenue at around 4:30 a.m. The victim was woken by the gunfire and asked what the shooter was doing. The suspect fled the scene. The victim was taken by Bellevue Hospital, and is now listed as stable.
Bowser was joined by Keechant Sewell, NYPD Commissioner, and Eric Adams, Mayor of New York City. Police have released surveillance photos and video of the suspect. NYPD officers have been instructed by a memo to check on homeless persons. They are also instructed to hand out flyers bearing the suspect’s picture to residents in high-crime areas. Eric Adams, the mayor of the city, issued a statement in reaction to the latest shooting.
Police reported earlier that the gunman was wearing a gas mask as well as a construction vest. The suspect is still at large, and may be armed using more than one weapon. The police commissioner said that the attack is not linked to terrorism. The motives for the shootings are still being investigated, he said. In addition to the suspect’s ethnicity, the shooting occurred near a subway station. Some subway commuters are upset that the police did not investigate this case as a terrorist attack.
Four major shootings occurred in the city on February 8. The first was a subway shooting. A gunman shot and killed a subway patron in Brooklyn. A second was a confrontation between two officers. In a federal trial, Paolo Colecchia, a police officer, was convicted for murder. In Queens, an activist named Ali Forney shot and killed a police officer. In memory of her, the Ali Forney Center was created.
Another recent homicide spike triggered a surge in crime. More than 40 children and teens were shot during the month of July. This is an increase from previous years when there were fewer than 65 shootings in the city. The crime spike did not affect only the poorest areas. Meanwhile, more than a third of the victims were youth aged 18 to 24. Despite the increase in gunshot victims, the gun violence epidemic is not over.
The media also focuses on crime and the grisly stories of homicides, as well as shootings. One recent study by Bloomberg found that headlines on shootings increased while the actual number remained relatively stable. The “if it bleeds, it leads” cliche has caused a false impression in the minds of American citizens. Even though the number of homicides and shootings in the United States dropped by half between 1990 and 2014, the vast majority of Americans reported that the number of shootings had gone up.
Gun violence is a serious problem in New York City. However, other areas of the country are also affected by it. Cities in the upstate and suburbs are struggling to cope with this problem, and New York City is no exception. Even Rochester is on pace to have a historically deadly year. In 1993, Rochester had the most homicides, but the city has now seen a dramatic resurgence. The deadliest week of the year was the week ending July 10.