NEW YORK CITY, NY – The New York Police Department (NYPD) recently released a video showing an alleged murder take place in broad day light on New York City’s Upper East Side.
🚨WANTED for HOMICIDE: Do you know this guy? On 4/26/21 at approx 2:13 PM, in front of 134 East 95 Street in Manhattan, the suspect shot a 20-year-old male victim in the chest, causing his death. Any information? DM @NYPDTips or anonymously call them at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/JChzBCuR5a
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 1, 2021
The video, which was released on April 30th by the NYPD, showed the shooter holding a black handgun as he jumped out of a silver SUV parked alongside the victim’s car around 2:13 p.m. on Monday, April 26th.
The video shows the suspect then running behind the car and firing at least one shot inside of the vehicle. The suspected gunman quickly attempts to jump into the rear of the SUV again while its driver began speeding away with the trunk and passenger-side door open. The SUV then sideswipes a parked car before fleeing the area.
The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Chris Delinois of Brooklyn. Delinois was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his gunshot wounds. Reportedly, the suspected gunman is still at large.
The suspected gunman was last seen wearing a black mask, hooded sweatshirt and jacket, dark sneakers, and tight navy blue sweatpants. This shooting comes during the City’s bloodiest week so far this year as gun violence continues to soar ahead of what could be another violent summer.
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) April 26, 2021
NYPD data shows that 50 people were shot in 46 separate incidents over a seven-day period ending on the evening of April 25th. This is more than a 250 percent surge from the same week in 2020.
According to police, the weekend of April 23rd-25th alone recorded nearly two dozen shootings to cap off the violent week. A retired NYPD officer was reportedly in the “wrong place at the wrong time” and was one of 15 people shot on Saturday, April 24th in the Big Apple.
The 30-year-old former officer was leaving a party in Red Hook, Brooklyn around 11:30 p.m. when she heard gun shots and realized she’d been hit three times in the torso. Officers believe that the shots came from a group of men who began brawling after they were denied entry into the party.
The retired officer, who left the force in 2019 after seven years on the job, was taken to a nearby hospital where she remained in stable condition as of Sunday, April 25th.
The rampage of gun violence in New York City continued on Sunday night through early Monday morning with another five people shot and wounded on the streets of #Brooklyn and #StatenIsland.https://t.co/xsb8Mk6yga
— amNewYork (@amNewYork) May 3, 2021
The nearly year-long trend in gunplay began during the spring of 2020 as New Yorkers grappled with the first wave of COVID-19. Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to claim that the troubling surge of gun violence is really just part of a “perfect storm” of variables caused by the pandemic.
The shootings, however, have shown no signs of slowing even as the city and state begin to slowly reopen. According to NYPD data, so far this year, 376 shootings have been reported with 416 victims.
The mayor announced his policing plan to curb the gun violence that the city continues to see, but nearly all of the measures have already been implemented back in 2020, including the “Summer All Out” initiative that failed to slow a months-long surge in shootings.
6 injured in New York City gun violence. https://t.co/X2j9ZPm0ws
— The Tornado News (@TheTornadoNews) May 2, 2021
One Bronx cop slammed the mayor for touting gun arrests amid the shootings spike. The officer said in a statement:
“The mayor talks about record gun arrests. The only record we will have this year is record shootings.”
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‘We are now a lawless city’: Recent spate of random assaults, ‘knockout games’ plagues New Yorkers
April 19th, 2021
NEW YORK, NY – New Yorkers are reeling from a rash of recent, apparently random, attacks on citizens, leading some to wonder if the “knockout game” is returning.
A 47-year-old man suffered a broken jaw in January after being sucker-punched in the face in the Bronx. Police described the attack as a “possible knockout game.”
Also in January, Catholic Deacon Frederick Kurr, 74, was sucker-punched as he attempted to swipe his subway card inside a Bronx subway station.
Video footage shows a suspect, who had been standing at an adjacent turnstile, punching Kurr in the face.
The suspect reportedly told Kurr not to call for help, and he also told his victim:
“I just felt like punching someone.”
Jose Gonzalez was later apprehended for the assault. Gonzalez is a 48-year-old homeless man with a history of six previous arrests for “punching random victims.”
Another “unprovoked attack” occurred on a Queens subway platform in March, when a 67-year-old man was punched in the face. The victim was treated on scene by EMS, and the suspect fled.
Also in March, a 65-year-old woman in Manhattan was knocked to the ground and “viciously” kicked and stomped in the head by an attacker.
In addition, on Easter Day in April, victim Judith Thomas, 75, suffered a “random assault” when an attacker punched her in the face as she was walking down a Harlem sidewalk.
Thomas told the Daily Mail:
“This was crazy, this attack. It made no sense. He didn’t say anything to me, he didn’t go for my purse, nothing.
“It was just acting out in sheer anger and hostility.”
In another interview, Thomas discussed her theory on the direction crime seems to be taking in the Big Apple, telling CBS New York:
“In the ’70s and the ’80s, when we had a spike in crime, I was a crime reporter back in those days.”
“It seems like we’re going back to the bad old days.”
Domestic terrorism NYC: 'We are now a lawless city': New Yorkers left on edge as random 'sucker-punch' assaults known as the 'knock out game' increase 😱🙏🏽 Daily Mail Online https://t.co/ZVAelcmR9T
— TheCyberChick (@warriors_mom) April 18, 2021
According to the New York Post, fearful Upper West Side residents have taken to social media to share concerns and stories.
One Facebook poster reportedly described an incident from two weeks ago, when a girl and her boyfriend encountered a man exiting the subway station at Central Park West and 87th. The man “tried to sucker punch” the girl, and her boyfriend chased the suspect away.
Another Facebook commenter wrote that he suffered two black eyes after an incident, saying:
“This is happening all over. I was sucker punched by a disturbed man in Chelsea.”
Retired NYPD Sergeant Joseph Giacalone, who teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, advised the New York Post that there are “a number of attacks that some would term as ‘sucker punches’ against seniors and children in NYC.”
“It might be the power of social media that makes the perception that it’s happening everywhere, but it is a real concern that shouldn’t be taken lightly.”
Some have characterized these apparently random assaults as a possible return of the “knockout game” of days past, in which attackers would slug randomly chosen victims in an attempt to knock them out.
The NYPD has been unable to confirm the re-emergence of the “knockout game,” as “data is not kept to that level of specificity.”
NYC is scary these days, defunding the police, no bail, all these “progressive” policies are disastrous. https://t.co/bCyiViSrJc
— Michael Moore (@mooreski42) April 17, 2021
Others believe that current anti-police sentiment in police-defunded New York City has played into the rise of these attacks.
NYPD Sergeant Joseph Imperatrice, a 15-year veteran of the force, and the founder of Blue Lives Matter NYC, told the New York Post:
“These incidents aren’t happening in front of officers.
“They are happening due to opportunists taking advantage of the anti-police, anti-accountability era.”
He went on to say:
“It is a dangerous time to be out and about strolling in New York City.
“The combination of criminals and mentally ill individuals roaming the streets equals disaster waiting to happen.”
“The city needs to get back to old-school policing … high visibility foot posts and patrol.”
— Faith Alfred (@havefaith00_15) April 18, 2021
Upper West Side resident Jacqueline Bolier appears to agree that “old school policing” is necessary.
She told the Daily Mail:
“I carry pepper spray because we are now a lawless city and need to police ourselves.”
“The attackers are generally mentally disturbed people with nothing to lose.
“There are no mental hospitals and no foot patrols taking place by police.”
Like Bolier, other local residents are exploring self-defense options in light of the recent spate of attacks.
The New York Post reports that many are looking into self-defense classes to protect themselves.
Tsahi Shemesh, former Israeli Defense Forces paratrooper and current Krav Maga instructor, advised the Post:
“There’s a lot more crazy out there. A lot of people unhinged.
“What we can do is to be more aware. To be more alert.”
“People are feeling unsafe.”
“[A] lot of people are avoiding public transportation. Avoiding the subways.
“It’s pretty clear that the city has changed its face.”
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