In a daylight shooting outside a luxury Manhattan hotel, a 23-year-old man was injured when gun crime in New York City got out of hand, up 40 percent from last year.
Police said the victim was shot in the leg at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday outside the Ludlow Hotel, where rooms average $ 300 a night, on the Lower East Side, near the famous Katz’s Delicatessen.
The victim would recover from the shooting, ABC 7 New York reported
Two suspects retired to a Lincoln Navigator with New Jersey license plates and drove off after the shooting. Police caught one of the men 20 minutes later on West Street in the Meatpacking District.
Citizen App Video shows police and emergency services at the scene of the shooting. The police were still looking for the second suspect.
Police said a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg at 1:30 p.m. on Ludlow Street in Manhattan in March. He would recover
Police placed perimeter tape at the scene of the shooting on Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side
Two suspects retired to a Lincoln Navigator with New Jersey license plates and drove off after the shooting
Police caught one of the shootings in the Meatpacking District a short time later
Police continued to search for the second suspect in the daytime shooting
Witnesses said people were taking cover when the gunshots started.
“A man just put a man in the car and started hitting him on the ground … and then we heard nothing but gunshots,” one witness said. ‘We came across the CVS. Thank goodness I’m safe. ‘
New York has seen a massive increase in shootings so far this year.
Statistics from the New York Police Department indicate that the number of shootings through March 21 was up 40 percent compared to the same period last year. Homicides are up 12 percent over the same period, while car thefts are also up 15 percent this year.
The head of the union representing the NYPD detectives condemned the bail reform as the cause of the city’s recent soaring crime rates.
Citizen App video taken from a nearby rooftop shows police and emergency workers at the scene of the shooting
The shooting took place near the Ludlow Hotel and Katz’s Delicatessen, both established and well-known businesses in the trendy area of Manhattan.
Bail is money posted by criminal suspects to secure their release before trial. The money will be returned after they appear in court to settle their cases.
New York State passed a sweeping law on January 1 banning cash bail requirements for suspects facing a wide variety of charges, including stalking, assault without serious injury, burglary, many drug offenses and some types of arson and theft .
“It is the fault of the elected officials. There is a link between the bail reform and what is happening in our town, ” said Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association, in an interview with Fox news Monday.
They encourage the criminal element. The number of shootings has gone up, the crime has been fought, the murders have been fought, every crime imaginable has been fought and the people in town are the ones who are suffering, ‘DiGiacomo said.
With the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns taking effect in the city in mid-March 2021, the difference is believed to be due to isolation measures that briefly reduced crime last year.
While gun violence has skyrocketed, other crime categories have fallen significantly so far this year. Robberies were down 28 percent, assault by 8 percent and burglaries by 12 percent.
Cumulative shooting incident totals show NYC surpasses last year’s totals by 40% so far
Homicides in the city are up 12% this year from last year, data from the NYPD shows
Paul DiGiacomo, right, president of the NYPD Detectives’ Endowment Association, appeared on Fox News Monday, blaming a rise in the city’s crime rates on bail reform measures
Shooting incidents are up 40% in NYC so far this year. Above, a surveillance video shows a murderer fatally shooting a man in the head outside a Bronx bodega on March 5
The deadliest crimes continue to increase in New York City, which has witnessed a series of shocking, violent attacks on subways and other public places.
While the state scaled back the bail bill last summer following an increase in crime, bail remains optional for a wide variety of offenses. Suspects in New York City are often released quickly after arrest without paying bail.
Defenders of the reforms say bail is unfair – and potentially racist – to those unable to make the payments, but critics say the law changes give dangerous criminals a chance to insult again.
“It is certainly attributed to the bail reform and the recent change in the law in the city council,” DiGiacomo said of rising violent crimes.
Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson asked if DiGiacomo thought lawmakers making the changes believed they would lead to less crime.
“I think they were just on the wave of what was popular, and they were not doing what was in the best interest of the people of New York City,” DiGiacomo said.