The NYPD has released a video of a suspect wanted for killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring a 29-year-old man in a drive-by shooting in Queens as gun violence continues to mount in New York City.
The video begins with the dark-colored SUV that police believe is related to the crime. Police are looking for this vehicle, but it’s unclear if the suspect drove it to the crime scene or if a driver escaped.
The video features a man wearing a gray camouflage jacket with a strip of white T-shirt protruding below the jacket, black pants and black sneakers.
The video again appears to cut to a man running to a black fence, putting a gun through an opening and firing multiple times.
Eight flashes of light come out of the gun before the suspect disappears from view.
Police say the 10- and 29-year-old victims were shot while walking into a building at 342 Beach 45th St. in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens around 9:30 p.m.
The boy was rushed to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital where he was pronounced dead, while the man, who lives at that address, was shot in the shoulder and taken to Jamaica Hospital. The man is expected to survive, sources told the New York Post.
The video opens with a photo of this dark-colored SUV
The video cuts to a clip of this man walking
Suddenly the suspect runs with this fence and puts a gun through the opening
About eight flashes of light – assuming eight gunshots – are scene on the video before the suspect runs away
The sources told the outlet that the victims had argued with a neighbor earlier the night before they were shot.
The police told the New York Daily News that the boy and the man were related, although their relationship was not immediately apparent. Neither has been mentioned.
A man identified by the New York Post as Jacob told the outlet that members of his family, who were cooking dinner around the corner, told him they saw people arguing outside the house when the victims were shot.
“They saw a man stop in a car and argue. They said someone had entered the house. Then I think they got into a fight,’ Jacob said.
In another incident in the Bronx borough of New York City, officers are looking for a man who shot a 12-year-old girl in the left ankle and a 25-year-old man in the chest around 6 p.m., the New York Post reported. Police say two suspects fled.
In yet another Bronx shooting on Saturday, an 18-year-old was shot in the leg and a 20-year-old was shot in the foot before they both got totaken to Jacobi Hospital where they are expected to recover, the outlet reported.
Data from the NYPD shows that gun violence and shooting victims continue to rise in New York City, even as the homicide rate dropped from 13 in 2020 to 6 in 2021 during the week of May 24 to May 30. That is a decrease of 52.8 percent from the previous year.
There have been a total of 173 homicides as of May 30 this year, with just 147 on the same date in 2020 — a 17.7% year-on-year increase.
The number of homicides appears to have fallen year over year in the week of May 24-30 compared to previous weeks in April and May.
A woman speaks to police at the scene of a deadly double shooting near 342 Beach 45th St. in Queens
One officer buries his face in his hands while another seems to hide his mouth in horror outside where the boy was killed
Police gather at the scene where a 10-year-old boy was shot in the stomach and died and a 29-year-old man was injured after an alleged altercation with a neighbor on Saturday night
An NYPD officer guards evidence at the scene of a deadly shooting in New York City
An investigator looks at the ground where two marks appear to indicate shell casings
A Google Street View shows the building where the boy and man were shot on Saturday
Data from the NYPD shows there were nine homicides in New York City during the week of May 5 to May 9 — compared to two in 2020, a 350% year-on-year increase.
By then, there had been a total of 146 homicides in New York City in 2021, compared to 115 on the same date in 2020, then a 27% increase.
It was not immediately clear why the homicide rate appears to be falling again, even as the city continues to grip the alarming wave of gun violence.
The NYPD recorded 35 shooting victims for the May 24-30 shooting period in 2021, an increase of 45.8% from the 24 shooting victims for the same period in 2020. This year, there were a whopping 637 shooting victims as of May 30, with just 360 at the same point last year – for a 76.9% increase.
The number of shooting incidents also increased by 43.5% in 2021 from 2020 for the shooting period from May 24 to May 30. There were 33 shooting incidents in 2021 compared to 23 shooting incidents in 2020 for that period.
There have been 564 shooting incidents so far this year, compared to just 318 last year, an increase of 77.4%.
The category of crime that has made the biggest jump between 2020 and 2021 is hate crime, which increased by 104.3% year-on-year as of May 30. There were 239 hate crimes in 2021 and 117 on the same date in 2020. There were 14 hate crimes recorded in the Big Apple for the week of May 24 to May 30.
A graph shows that crime rates in 2021 are significantly higher than in 2020 for most crime categories, although burglaries have dropped significantly
A graph shows shooting statistics for shooting-related crimes in New York City in 2021 compared to 2020