NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – More gun violence in New York City leaves a man dead overnight in the Bronx.
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CBS2’s John Dias looked at the community’s response.
As Dias reported, walking to school shouldn’t be carried away by crime scene video, partly due to the increasing prevalence of gun violence in New York City, which doesn’t take age into account. .
“It’s scary, because my daughter goes to school on this block,” said Felicia Lora, a resident of University of Heights.
Like many parents on Monday, Lora had to cover her daughter’s eyes. She didn’t want her to see the fatal crime scene on Andrews Avenue in the University Heights neighborhood of the Bronx. Police said a 41-year-old man was shot in the head just after midnight.
“I walk every morning, and it’s dangerous,” says Lora. “I don’t even want to leave my house.”
Latest NYPD Numbers show shooting victims have increased by 50% in the last month, and nearly 32% from this time last year. In January alone, the city had 94 shootings, compared with 71 in 2021.
“We have a lot of violence here, man,” said Bronx resident Vasco Garcia.
“Anyway, New York in general is pitiable with gun violence. It’s crazy here with gun violence,” said resident Dwayne Jones.
Last weekend, an NYPD officer on duty in Harlem is the seventh officer to be shot this year. He has been released from the hospital and police believe he was not the target. However, that did not stop his fellow officers and clerics from condemning the violence.
“We stand with you,” said Robert Rice, NYPD Community Affairs Liaison. “We want you to know that we don’t want you to feel scared of being shot by a stray bullet.”
But that’s exactly what happened on Sunday afternoon. People on an MTA bus were injured in East Harlem, police said a stray bullet lodged in its side. Surveillance video shows a person opening fire as the bus turns a corner. The bus driver gave everyone a place to hide. Luckily no one was injured.
“It’s echoing the 1970s,” said Donald Yates, president and chief of staff of the Local 100 Transportation Workers Association.
In the past six months, at least four buses have been hit by bullets, Yates said.
“It’s dangerous out there, too dangerous, and our bus operators are defenseless. Some of them are even asking for bulletproof vests,” Yates said in a statement.
Police have yet to make any arrests in the Bronx shooting and are still trying to figure out a motive. Police have yet to release the name of the victim.
Anyone with information is asked to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-CAT (8477)or for spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip through their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.