Surveillance footage shows moment 16-year-old was fatally shot in the neck outside Bronx deli


BRONX, NY- It was all caught on camera in de Blasio’s New York City – and it’s a brazen and disturbing attack.

Recently revealed footage captured the moment a 16-year-old was fatally shot outside of a Bronx deli in broad daylight. 

The victim, since identified as James Solano was outside the King Deli and Grocery on Boston Road in Morrisania around 12:10 p.m. on December 23rd when a gunman opened fire.

Surveillance video obtained by ABC 7 shows the suspect in a white mask pat the victim on the back and then reach into his jacket as he waited for the teen to walk past him on the street.

The teen, who was shot once in the neck, ran into the deli where he collapsed to the ground. Solano’s blood covered the ATM in the deli’s entrance and was spattered on the ground outside of the deli. Soon after the fatal shooting, Luis Hernandez, 24, who manages Compare Foods, a nearby store, walked outside to find the teen’s body on the ground.

Hernandez said that it was a loud, frightening sound that sent him racing outside of his store, only to find the young victim on the ground. He said:

“When I saw him, he was on the floor man. He was bleeding out, I guess and I was scared out of my life, you know, I was like, I was shocked.”

He added:

“I saw a kid in the street. He was laid out flat. I have no words. It was so sad.”

Another employee of Compare Foods said that the gunshot startled him as he worked inside. He said:

“I heard a loud boom. I didn’t know what was going on. Police were everywhere.”

Christine Martinez, who lives in the apartment building above the deli said in a statement:

“My kids and nephews heard the gunshots when it happened. They didn’t think too much of it. Unfortunately, it happens too often in this neighborhood.”

Solano, who lived around the corner from the deli, was rushed to Lincoln Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Hours after the shooting, Bodega manager Wal Sultan was still catching his breath, saying to CBS2’s Cory James:

“I can’t even explain to you how I feel. I feel so bad for him.”

The gun violence from this incident has left the entire neighborhood wondering who will be next. Hernandez said:

“All I do is, we pray a lot from any violence.”

In this neighborhood, the number of shooting victims went from nearly 900 in 2019 to more than 1,800 so far this year. Hernandez said:

“One of my clients, her son got shot in the neck and this happened only two months ago.”

Sultan said:

“We need the cops always around here. We need the cops to be around here always, like, 24/7 because this area is very dangerous.”

It is unclear if the two were talking prior to the gunman opening fire. Authorities have described the suspect, who fled the scene going south on Boston Road, as wearing a black jacket with a light hoodie and white surgical mask.

Police said that they are hoping surveillance video will help identify who the gunman is. The motive for the deadly shooting is still unclear. 

ABC 7 reported that in the first 11 months of 2020, shootings in New York City have sky rocketed to levels unseen in decades. While overall crime remains flat, the number of shootings have increased in November, this time by 112 percent.

Authorities said that there were 115 shootings in November 2020 compared to 51 in November 2019. For all of 2020, shootings have risen 95 percent (1,412 v. 721) through the first 11 months of 2020 compared to the same time frame in 2019.

Police reported that 40 percent of those accused of a shooting have had a past gun possession arrest, while 21 percent of shooting victims have had one as well. Homicides have also risen for both the month of November and the year 2020.

November saw 28 people murdered in the five boroughs, which is five more than were killed in November 2019. So far in 2020, there has been a 38 percent increase (422 v. 305) in the number of victims murdered in NYC compared to the same time last year.

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Bombshell report shows NYC gun violence continues to spike; shootings up 166% since May

September 7th, 2020

NEW YORK, NY – Since the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, gun violence has surged in the streets of New York. 

Democratic Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, instead of dealing with the violence, has taken steps that some argue has helped to increase it, like disbanding the New York Police Department’s Anti-Crime unit and removing $1 billion dollars out of the police budget.

In a recent incident, a shooting is captured on video surveillance in which two different groups of people begin firing on each other.  The New York Police Department advised this incident happened in the early morning hours of August 25th at the Marlboro Houses in Brooklyn.

At this time, the NYPD does not have any reports of anyone injured during the shooting and has not been able to identify those involved.  They are asking for anyone who knows the people to please contact them so they can continue their investigation.

This shooting incident is one of many that has happened throughout the city of New York.  According to Fox News, the shooting incidents have increased by 166% compared to the same time frame in 2019.  In August alone, police reported 242 shooting incidents compared to only 91 last August.

Shootings in the city have become far too commonplace and often times, the victims of that violence have been children and/or minorities.  An example of this is a shooting which happened in the early morning hours of September 7th, in which a six-year-old boy was shot with four other people.

CBS New York reported that people had been attending a J’Ouvert celebration (freedom from slavery) when the shooting occurred in a Brooklyn Crown Height’s neighborhood.  Police advise that two people allegedly opened fire and struck five different people.

The child was struck in the leg and four people, ranging in age from 34 to 47, were shot in their feet and legs.  All of the people who were injured were transported to the hospital with what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries.  Although all people are expected to survive, there is no doubt that there will be a long lasting psychological effect, at least for the small child who was shot.

Police have not released much information regarding this shooting nor the names of those involved at this time.  Therefore there is no indication if this was an insolated incident, domestic or gang situation. 

A person who lives in the area of the shooting told CBS News that the 47-year-old was only in the area to check on her daughter along with her son when the shooting happened. 

The neighbor said:

“Only reason she was over here was because her daughter wasn’t answering the phone.  After she spoke to her daughter, they were walking right here, and that’s when three shots went off.  I saw the little boy on the floor full of blood, and I ran.”

New York City Police Chief Terence Monahan spoke of the incident, tweeting:

“At tonight’s senseless shooting in Brooklyn where five people were shot, officer also arrested two men – and recovered two guns.  The investigation is in its early stages and is ongoing.  We’re asking anyone with information to contact @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS.”

 J’Ouvert and a West Indian American Day Parade were scheduled to be done virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, despite gathering restrictions in place in the city, it is apparent some people still decided to celebrate the events in person.

Over the weekend, the New York City Police Department reported they responded to 14 shootings which had a total of 14 victims.  Three of those victims died as a result of their injuries from the shootings. 

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Here’s more from Law Enforcement Today on the violence occurring in New York.

 New York, N.Y. – Friday, September 4, 2020 a group of 150 Black Lives Matter protestors smashed windows and decorated the storefronts of lower Manhattan chain stores and banks with graffiti. Eight were arrested.

The list of stores damaged included two Starbucks, five banks, and a Duane Reade had their windows busted. Three of the banks damaged were on Seventh Avenue, between 14th and 20th streets.

This caused an estimated $100,000 in damage according to the New York Police Department. Police recovered two stun guns, some smoke grenades, spray paint, tools for burglary and more.

A flier circulating on social media read:

“No Good Cops, No Bad Protesters.”

It told people to meet at the Manhattan Courthouse on Centre Street at 6 p.m. The protest had been advertised on Twitter by groups referring to themselves as “New Afrikan Black Panther Party” and the “Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement.”

This demonstration called for  “amnesty for all” protesters and demanded the charges against those who were arrested in the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor protestors be dropped.

The protest began at Foley Square at 6 p.m. They lit garbage can fires and, as they made their way north, scrawled graffiti everywhere.  At one point the crowd grew to 300 people near Lafayette and Canal in Manhattan.


The group could be heard chanting as they walked down the streets:

“Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground.”

The banners they held said “Free all political prisoners,” and “death to America.”

The crowd, however, seemed to ignore City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who resides at 15th Street and Seventh Avenue.

The suspected reason is that Johnson called for an investigation into counter protestors who drove a black Ford Taurus, with a bull bar in front, that sped through a Black Lives Matter March around 8 p.m. on Thursday at West 46th Street and Broadway.


After the protests some workers returned to their stores to clean up and board their storefronts. Jason Liang asked NBC 4 New York:

It’s disheartening. You have the right to do whatever you want, but why do you have to hurt other people’s property?

A minimum of over 150 protesters responded to the death of Daniel Prude by gathering in the streets for a rally in Times Square. Prude was a black man who died in March.

He was in Rochester, NY and police placed a spit hood over his head. His brother called for help, after he started acting erratically.

Video of the encounter was made public last week.  

Eight were arrested that night. The ages ranged between 19 and 30. Two protestors were not from New York City, rather they were from Portland and Iowa. All were charged with rioting.

Some had additional charges for possession of weapons and possession of burglary tools.

The arrested protestor from Portland is Jade O’Halloran, 30, arrested for rioting and two counts of weapons possession. She returned to New York, after spending all summer in Portland, to attend school.

O’Halloran originally hailed from Brookland, according to the New York Daily News.

Officers said they recovered two Tasers from O’Halloran’s front pocket and backpack. She denied it, stating that she was not a part of the Antifa movement.

“I went out to take care of people that were hurt. I spent all summer washing faces of tear gas and bear mace, when people are screaming in agony. And then I come here and it’s like, ‘Oh, this violent Antifa breaking windows’ and it’s so not true. I didn’t come here for this. I came here for school.”

Another person arrested was 20-year-old Clara Kraebber according to the New York Post. Her mother is a wealthy Upper East Side architect. Her father is a Columbia University child and adolescent psychiatrist. Kraebber faces a federal rioting charge. She has officially been charged with misdemeanor vandalism.

She’s been protesting since she was at least 14 years old as a student at the elite Hunter College High School. Now, she is a history undergrad at Rice University.

One law enforcement source who was at the protest told The Post.

“This is the height of hypocrisy. This girl should be the poster child for white privilege, growing up on the Upper East Side and another home in Connecticut.

Elliot Rucka, 20, of Portland was among those arrested as well, according to the NYPost. Rucka is the son of two accomplished comic book writers. Greg Rucka, a New York Times best-selling author.

He has worked on popular comic books such as Batwoman, Detective Comics, Action Comics. His mother, Jennifer Van Meter, has written  for Dark Horse, DC and Marvel Comics.



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