Gunman in police-defunded NYC opens fire on alleged gang member inches away from kids

NEW YORK CITY, NY – An at-large gunman reportedly shot an alleged gang member in broad daylight earlier in June, with two young children mere inches away from the gunman’s line of fire.

While neither of the children were shot, video from the incident shows the blatant disregard the gunman had for their lives during the incident.

According to NYPD officials, the shooting incident occurred on June 17th at approximately 6:44 p.m. along the sidewalk on Sheridan Avenue near East 172nd Street.

The unidentified gunman approached a 24-year-old male and opened fire on the victim. While the victim was trying to escape his attacker, video shows the victim running into and tripping over two children, ages 5 and 10.

With the victim on the ground and the children entangled in the moments after the victim collided with them, the gunman continues to fire at the victim while both children are scrambling and trying to flee.

The victim, which sources allege has gang ties in the area, was said to have been shot in both legs and in the back and was taken to an area hospital. Police say that the gunman and an accomplice to the attack then fled the area on a moped.

By some miracle, neither of the children were shot during the incident.

Authorities are asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects involved in this crime. Anyone with information on the incident or the suspects are urged to called NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

In other active investigations in New York City, police are still searching for three suspects that are wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred earlier in June that injured a 12-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man. 

Both victims are reportedly in stable condition. 

Police officials say that the shooting occurred at approximately 5:51 p.m. on June 5th in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx.

The 12-year-old girl was reportedly shot in her ankle, while the 25-year-old male was shot in his chest. Both victims were transported to BronxCare Health System following the shooting and were last reported as being in stable condition. 

In the video shared by authorities, three suspects can be seen running from the scene following the shooting incident. Officials aren’t sure which of the three suspects on video, if any, were responsible for the gunfire. 

The NYPD is asking the public to come forward with any information they may have on the incident or the suspects’ whereabouts. Those who have details pertaining to the incident are urged to contact Crime Stoppers tip line at 800-577-TIPS. 

Tipsters can choose to remain anonymous when contacting Crime Stoppers. 

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Hours after the shooting in Mount Eden, NYPD officials say that a 10-year-old boy was shot and killed after a 29-year-old suspect allegedly fired several shots at a residence in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens. 

Authorities reportedly received a call of “persons shot” at approximately 9:33 p.m. on June 5th, where police responded to a residence to find 10-year-old Justin Wallace “unconscious and unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his torso,” according to NYPD officials. 

Unfortunately, Wallace was declared deceased after being rushed to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Another victim from the shooting, identified as Justin’s 29-year-old uncle, Kyle Forrester, was shot in the neck and hand. 

Forrester was initially listed in critical condition after being rushed to an area hospital, but has since stabilized and is recovering. 

Authorities released surveillance video of the incident, where an unidentified assailant can be seen walking up to the front of the residence and opening fire into the home. 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shared the following statement on Twitter about the murder of the young boy: 

“Justin Wallace should be alive right now. He’s dead because of a coward’s act. He had his entire life ahead of him. It’s a profound injustice. His killer will be brought to justice. To his family: your city shares your anger, it shares your sadness. We mourn with you.”

Police arrested 29-year-old Jovan Young in connection with the murder of the young boy, after authorities say he walked into the local police station on June 8th and confessed to the shooting. 

Young had apparently been a person of interest early on in the investigation, but when initially interviewed by police, he allegedly claimed to have been inside a rental car linked to the shooting but would help police track down the killer. 

Following the news of Young’s arrest, Mayor de Blasio tweeted the following when the news of the arrest came on what would’ve been Justin’s 11th birthday: 

“Justin Wallace should have turned 11 today. He should have spent today celebrating with his friends and family. If you shoot and kill in New York City, you will be caught. You will be arrested. You will be held accountable.”

Young was reportedly charged with second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, assault and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

If convicted, Young faces up 25 years to life in prison.

As for the crime rates within the city, while the overall crime levels are down roughly two percent compared to this time period in 2020, violent crimes involving firearms have been on the rise compared to 2020.

Data shows that up until May 30th of 2021, there have been 637 shootings victims – compared to 360 during the same time period the year prior. 

As for shooting incidents, there have been 564 instances reported so far in 2021, as compared to 318 in the year prior. 

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