Syracuse, New York – On the evening of June 20th, police were responding to a call regarding a stolen vehicle. However, when police arrived, the scene was said to have evolved from a stolen vehicle to a shooter among a large crowd – resulting in nine people being shot.
At least 9 people were shot Saturday night at a large gathering in Syracuse, New York, officials say. https://t.co/qRsIsfiop4
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 21, 2020
Officials are actively investigating what exactly led to nine people being injured by gunfire in a crowded area within Syracuse.
Police say they’re uncertain as to what may have attracted the crowd that was present at the scene they responded to that evening.
Of all those shot, there have been no fatalities reported, but a 17-year-old victim was shot in the head and is currently listed as being in critical condition. The other eight victims from the reported gunfire were said to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the incident.
At least nine people were wounded when gunfire erupted Saturday night at an outdoor party in Syracuse, including a 17-year-old boy who was left in critical condition after he was shot in the head. https://t.co/LmhxD06b5N
— Linda Hill (@bulldoghill) June 21, 2020
Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner stated that when officers arrived on the scene, people began rushing toward officers exclaiming about there being gunshots; however, responding officers did not hear any gunfire upon their arrival.
Chief Buckner noted that the area canvased thus far presents evidence of multiple crime scenes:
“I believe we have two or three different scenes, so I don’t know which location contributed to what victims.”
The city’s mayor, Ben Walsh, commented on the curious aspect as to why there was such a large gathering to begin with:
“We wouldn’t issue approvals for a gathering of this size. So, we’re going to have to look into how it came to be.”
One witness to the chaos that ensued was a local youth pastor and community activist named Nitch Jones. He described the scene that played out on Marcellus and Wyoming Street as something akin to being “on a battlefield”:
“We had to run like we don’t live here. We had to literally watch as a community – watch someone be shot.”
While the gunshots were ringing off, Jones stated that he saw one of the victims shot directly in front of him:
“I literally watched this young man fight for his life right in front of me.”
The investigation is currently ongoing, and there’s been no arrests made nor persons of interest mention by authorities. Please follow Law Enforcement Today to get the latest on this developing story.
The news in Syracuse, New York comes shortly after New York City has noticed a severe increase in shootings within the city.
According to recent data, New York City has seen a recent uptick in shootings since June 15th.
It just so happens that on the 15th, the NYPD disbanded their plainclothes anti-crime unit.
What a strange coincidence to eliminate an anti-crime unit and then see violent crime increase.
AS I PREDICTED LAST NIGHT ON FOX
NYC shootings surge after NYPD's anti-crime unit disbanded. https://t.co/nqsygILwFN
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) June 20, 2020
As of June 19th, the period between from the 15th until then saw a total of 28 shootings within the city that wound up creating 38 victims between them all.
For the sake of comparison, during the same period back in 2019, New York City had managed to only see 12 shooting incidents.
That’s approximately a 133% increase between the two years, and there happens to be a couple of significant factors that have taken place which could have contributed – bail reform and of course the latest swift change in policing by way of disbanding the plainclothes unit in the NYPD.
BREAKING: The entire #NYPD anti-crime unit (plainclothes officers) is being eliminated.
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) June 15, 2020
A law enforcement source spoke with the New York Post of the circumstances taking place within the NYPD, and the politics influencing sweeping changes at a rapid pace:
“This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone. All those things equal people walking around on the street with guns, shooting each other.”
While the clandestine source’s synopsis may seem over-the-top to some, it’s realistically not that far-fetched. Every change in policing and the criminal justice system is going to have its fair share of adverse effects to some degree.
Of the 28 shootings incidents that took place during the past week in New York City, there were at least five reported fatalities as a result of them.
One of the murders took place at around 10:00 p.m. on June 15th on Franklin Avenue in The Bronx, where a 34-year-old man was shot in the back and the hip; that fatal shooting also resulted in another victim being hospitalized.
Another one of the murders was said to have taken place on June 17th just outside of a party on East 49th Street near Snyder Avenue in Brooklyn. Police say that 35-year-old Jomo Glasgow, who was noted as being a Queen’s based DJ, was fatally gunned down in front of the house party taking place.
Just on June 18th alone, there were five shootings in Brooklyn that occurred in under a five-hour period.
A 30-year-old man was shot in the chin at 7:30 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue, a 36-year-old man was gunned down on East 93rd street at 9:24 p.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in the arm and leg at 10:23 p.m. in on Albany Avenue, a 27-year-old man was shot seven minutes later on Bushwick Avenue and Cornelia Street, and a 20-year-old man was shot at Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Gates Avenue just before midnight.
REPORT: NYPD ‘Disbanding’ Elite ‘Plainclothes’ Unit, Will Reassign 600 Officers to Other Squads https://t.co/lYk0q65jqN
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 16, 2020
On June 19th, there was also a fatal shooting that happened on 640 Stanley Avenue in Brooklyn. Sources say that a 27-year-old male victim was shot in the torso, face, and leg at approximately 4:00 p.m. that day.
The numerous shootings that have already taken place during the month of June this year is astounding, with 97 shootings thus far. Even when looking back at the entire month of June in 2019, there were 89 shootings – which means this month is poised to see a considerable uptick if the trend of violence continues in the city.
As for the disbanding of the plainclothes unit within the NYPD, approximately 600 officers that composed that unit were reportedly reassigned to uniformed patrol duties within the city.
Members of the NYPD’s disbanded plainclothes anti-crime unit will be reassigned to uniformed patrol duties “effective immediately,” according to an internal memo obtained by the Post.https://t.co/m55W6mxCaZ
— DogWhisperer (@cannotrunfast) June 18, 2020
The move to disband the unit comes roughly six years after the death of Eric Garner, whose death became the impetus of the chant “I can’t breathe” by the Black Lives Matter protests that have resurfaced due to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
These are certainly strange times in the realm of policing, and also a moment where being a police officer is hardly a position of envy with the ongoing discourse.
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