De Blasio’s new normal NYC: 6-year-old, 10 others shot so far over violent holiday weekend
A public street party in New York City, which local authorities canceled over COVID concerns, saw five people shot, including a 6-year-old boy, after residents gathered to celebrate, as violence surges throughout the city.
“Three men and a woman, confirmed by family to be the boy’s mother, were also shot. They were taken to Kings County Hospital, and all are believed to have injuries that are considered non-life-threatening,” says local ABC7NY.
The local ABC affiliate says that the boy was shot in the leg and is expected to survive.
“At tonight’s senseless shooting in Brooklyn where five people were shot, officers also arrested two men — and recovered two guns. The investigation is in its early stages and is ongoing,” says NYC Police Chief Terance Monahan.
“Graphic video from the scene shows the moment the shots rang out. The young boy is seen lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood as a crowd of bystanders and police officers surround him. Multiple screams can be heard,” reports the New York Post.
“The street party, called J’Ouvert, is held yearly as a West Indian autumn celebration by Caribbean Island immigrants and is no stranger to violence,” added the Post.
The city overall has been beset by an unprecedented number of shootings since the racial justice protests by Black Lives Matters started in May.
“The city has tallied 791 shootings since May, a roughly 140 percent increase over the same period in 2019. The 180 murders between May and August are also a more than 50 percent increase compared with last year,” says the New York Times.
“The uptick reflects what many places are experiencing nationwide: Over the first half of the year, a number of large cities, including Chicago and Philadelphia, saw similar rises in those categories of crime,” added the Times.
AM/NY says that so far this holiday weekend there have been six additional shootings, including a man shot to death in front of his girlfriend by three Black men in what is supposed by police to be a gang-related slaying.
“Police have stepped up patrols and pressure on gangs to try to tamp down the violence that has plagued the city in recent months. Officials promised even more visible patrols tonight into the morning as they expect numerous block parties and gatherings,” says AM/NY.
Earlier this week, video surveillance footage showed two Black Men on a scooter ride up to another Black man, and shoot the man repeatedly in the face and body.
“The new norm in #BillDeblasio #NYC three things you can learn from this #shooting. 1. Be aware of ur surroundings 2.Put your phone away and 3. Anyone wearing a hoodie in 83 degree weather is concealing a weapon,” tweeted one user on social media.
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