NYPD searching for gunmen responsible for mass shooting in coordinated gang attack that left 10 people injured

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – Police in New York City are searching for the four suspects involved in a suspected gang-related mass shooting that injured 10 people, three of which were alleged gang members.

Officials say that there were two gunmen responsible for firing into a crowd, with two other suspects on mopeds serving as the gunmen’s getaway drivers.

On July 31st at approximately 10:40 p.m., two men opened fire on a crowd near the area of 98th Street and 37th Avenue, leaving 10 victims injured in the shooting. Surveillance video captured the moments when the two suspects fired upon the crowd.

Police say that the two gunmen then boarded mopeds with drivers ready that were waiting nearby the scene of the shooting, fleeing the area.

Investigators say that at least 37 shots were fired by the suspects during the incident, with the victims ranging in age from 19 to 72. Luckily, all those wounded during the shooting were transported to an area hospital and are all expected to survive.

Of those injured, the most seriously wounded was one victim who was shot in the stomach.

It’s believed by investigators that of the 10 injured, only three were intended targets of the shooting. The sidewalk at the time of the shooting just so happened to have been crowded due to a birthday party that was taking place at a nearby restaurant.

NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig expressed his frustration over these sorts of gang-related shootings:

“There’s just one common theme, I want to get out there, that’s a recurring theme that keeps happening, and it has to stop throughout the city. That’s gang members. That’s guns, multiple guns on the scene, scooters being used, masks. And lastly, unintended targets getting hit. This is unacceptable on our streets in New York City, and it has to stop.”

Both mayoral candidates for New York City, Republican Curtis Sliwa and Democrat Eric Adams, have weighed in on the matter and how they’d respectively tackle the issues surrounding gang shootings in the city. 

Sliwa stated that his solution would be simple, which is the hiring of more police officers in Ne York City: 

“What I, as mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, would do immediately is something that our mayor is afraid to do, which is hire more police.”

Adams shared similar sentiments, but expanded upon the idea of adding more police by specifying the creation of a specialized task force that would address gang violence: 

“We need a joint gangs and guns task force, with federal, state and city coordination to make sure that we can do information sharing, go after the guns that are on the streets, stop the flow of guns, and take down these crews.”

Hours after the mass shooting, another shooting incident transpired in the Manhattan area. Just as with the previous shooting, this one was also captured on surveillance footage.

On August 1st at approximately 2:15 a.m., a 35-year-old man was shot during an armed robbery that took place along the sidewalk on East 30th Street near Third Avenue in Kips Bay.

Video shows the victim being approached from the rear by the gunman, who police say the suspect demanded the victim’s watch and necklace. The victim can be seen backing away, hastily removing the items and tossing them toward the gunman.

Police say even after complying, the suspect shot the victim in the leg. The victim was later transported to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive.

Anyone with information on either of the shootings incidents is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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In other active investigations, police in New York city are searching for the suspects involved in the beating of a 61-year-old woman that happened back in July. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – Earlier in July, a 61-year-old woman was brutally beaten and robbed on a city sidewalk in Manhattan by three women, with one of the assailants bludgeoning the victim with a cooking pot during the attack.

A third male individual simply hovered over the victim as she was attacked, watching the beating and robbery.

Police say the attack happened on July 20th at approximately 8:18 p.m. on the corner of West 151st Street and 8th Avenue.

Video from the incident shows a woman in a yellow shirt getting in the face of the victim, eventually grabbing her face, and bringing her to the ground. While the woman in yellow attacks the victim on the ground, a woman in a purple shirt uses a cooking pot to strike the victim.

While the two women were beating the victim, a third woman can be seen in a green shirt stomping on the victim as well. All the while, a male in a white shirt simply hovers over the victim while the three women attack her and does nothing to help.

After the beating, the woman was reportedly robbed of $22, her walker and her credits cards. The victim was taken to Harlem Hospital following the attack and is currently recovering.

Police have not made any arrests yet in the case and are looking to the public to help identify the assailants seen on the video.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact Crime Stopers at 800-577-TIPS or message @NYPDTips directly on Twitter.

In other ongoing investigations in The Big Apple, the NYPD are searching for an identified suspect they say is involved in a fatal shooting that occurred in July of 2020

The NYPD are searching for 36-year-old Sanadoni Bennett, who is accused of fatally shooting 20-year-old Jose Cepeda back on July 5th, 2020 along the 200 block of Atkins Avenue in Brooklyn.

Bennet is reportedly an ex-con who was previously imprisoned on a weapons conviction, with his parole having ended roughly three months after the fatal shooting of Cepeda. 

Authorities are also working to identify a suspect who committed an armed robbery by way of a knife earlier in July. 

Police say that on July 18th at approximately 7:00 p.m., a male suspect armed with a knife entered a business located on 403 Crescent Street in Brooklyn and held an employee up at knifepoint while robbing the place for cash.

The suspect was last seen wearing a blue New York Yankees hast, black shorts with white stripes running down the side, and a light blue shirt.

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In another incident caught on camera, police in Seattle are currently looking for two suspects involved in a shoplifting scheme and attack launched against a loss prevention employee at a grocery store. 

Here’s that previous report from earlier in July. 

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SEATTLE, WA – Police in Seattle are searching for two suspects involved in a suspected organized retail theft incident and attack on a loss prevention employee from the store where the theft occurred back in late June.

Authorities say the incident occurred at the Safeway located at 2201 E Madison Street on June 26th. A white female suspect with blonde hair entered the Safeway pushing an empty baby stroller that police say she filled up with various merchandise and exited the store with the items concealed.

A loss prevention employee from the Safeway followed the female suspect out of the store and approached her regarding the stolen merchandise.

That’s when detectives say a black male wearing a tank top approached the loss prevention employee and allegedly said:

“Anyone wants to take my shit, I’ll fucking shoot you.”

The male suspect reportedly brandished a firearm after making the threat, but later tossed the firearm into the stroller the female suspect concealed the stolen merchandise in and proceeded to attack the loss prevention employee.

After the scuffle ended between the employee and the male suspect, police say the male and female suspects headed northbound.

Approximately 15 minutes after the fight outside the store, the male suspect returned to the Safeway, wearing a dark blue Fila jacket, and asking employees about the whereabouts of the loss prevention employee. At that point, the loss prevention employee had already gone home for the day.

Detectives described the male suspect as being approximately 5 foot 5 inches and the female suspect standing roughly 5 foot 7 inches, both likely in their 20s or possibly 30s.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact Puget Sound Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text the information through the P3 Tips app.

Tipsters can also submit tips at www.P3Tips.com. Any tip that leads to an arrest and conviction is eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

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