The suspect charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting two diners at the famous Peter Luger steakhouse in New York City was on the run from North Carolina police at the time of the shootings.
Akries Sommerville, 24, reportedly opened fire at the Brooklyn restaurant while being wanted by police in Littleton, North Carolina, on charges of kidnapping and theft with a weapon.
Littleton Police Chief Phillip Trivette told DailyMail.com: “He doesn’t have to be on the street. He’s dangerous. He’s going to kill someone. ‘
Sommerville has been charged with two attempted murder.
Police had previously said that Sommerville was “considered armed and very dangerous.”
Sommerville was arrested a few blocks from the steakhouse on Bedford Avenue and S. 10 Street and was hospitalized for “unknown reason” Friday morning, the NYPD said, delaying formal charges.
In addition to the charges of attempted murder, he was also charged with two counts of criminal use of a firearm and two counts of criminal possession of weapons.
The gunshots made the guests scramble. Travis, an Arizona restaurant, told me The new daily news that when shots were fired, “people hit the ground and crawled over each other.”
This is the scene the morning after a gunman opened fire outside the popular Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn and hit two innocent diners in the crossfire
The scene outside of Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn is a lot quieter on Friday morning after the Thursday night shooting created a chaotic scene
Police band is pictured outside the famous Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn
In Thursday’s shooting, two innocent bystanders were injured when a family feud befell the Williamsburg restaurant, which opened in 1887.
Gunfire broke out at about 9:45 p.m. – before the rowing relatives had even eaten their food, The New York Post reported.
Two diners at a table of 11 got into an argument, and one of them, later identified as Sommerville, reportedly pulled a gun and started firing.
Instead of hitting his target, two men eating outside were hit – a 30-year-old punched in the shoulder and a 57-year-old punched in the stomach.
Both men were taken to Bellevue Hospital, where they were expected to survive, the paper reported.
While servers and customers took cover, someone at the steakhouse called 911, and police officers monitoring a nearby anti-police demonstration responded within seconds.
The shooter was arrested with the help of his cousin, who identified him.
The gun was recovered from a trash can near the block, on South 10th Street, police said.
Police are seen outside the restaurant after the Brooklyn shooting on Thursday
The Thursday shooting outside the posh Brooklyn restaurant comes amid a spate of gun violence in New York City after its bloodiest week to date this year, which saw 50 people in the city shot.
That’s a 257 percent peak from the same time last year when the pandemic forced New Yorkers into their homes.
Last weekend, 31 people were injured and six were killed in 28 shootings.
Earlier this month, a concerned Brooklyn mom named Nicole confronted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during a radiotelephony about shootings and asked him, “What’s being done?”
The mayor blamed COVID-19 for the crime spike, saying, “ I think it comes back to this awful combination of things we saw, you know, people had no jobs, nearly a million people lost their jobs, schools were closed. , houses of worship were closed. Things really fell apart. ‘
De Blasio shifted the focus to the city’s reopening measures, which he believes will reduce crime when people return to work.
He also cited his ‘community solutions to gun violence’ and two anti-gun crime initiatives called Cure Violence Movement and Crisis Management System.
New York City has seen a 257 percent spike in gun violence from the same time last year
CURE’s website claims it uses “young men of color” to act as “credible messengers of an anti-violence message” in areas badly affected by gun crime.
The Crisis Management System employs mediators to try to cool down brewing conflicts before they turn into violence, and connects “high-risk individuals” with services designed to dissuade them from offending.
De Blasio oversaw a $ 1 billion cut in the New York Police Department’s $ 6 billion budget in June at the height of the defund the police protests.
The deal involved moving the school’s security officers, who are unarmed but wearing police uniforms, to the Ministry of Education; canceling a class in July of about 1,100 police recruits; and moving certain homeless relief efforts away from police control.
Critics say it has made the city less safe.
De Blasio was met with widespread disdain by New York officers and will complete his second and final term as mayor in November.