The perpetrator was apprehended on Saturday afternoon, according to the police, following a protracted hunt that lasted two hours due to the random attacks.
Scooter-Wielding Gunman in Queens and Brooklyn:
During a chaotic two-hour period on Saturday, a shooter rode a scooter around Brooklyn and Queens, indiscriminately shooting at businesses and groups of people, killing one and wounding three others before being apprehended by the authorities, according to the New York police Division.
Joseph Kenny, the deputy chief at the detective bureau, stated at a news conference that the 25-year-old gunman, whose name has not been released by the authorities, started his rampage in Brooklyn around 11 a.m., shooting a 21-year-old man in the left shoulder from behind. This prompted police to race to the scene next to the corner of Ashford Street and Arlington Avenue.
About seventeen minutes afterward, Chief Kenny reported that there was another shooting in Queens, with the same suspect as in Brooklyn: a man brandishing a pistol from a scooter. According to the police, the shooter killed an 87-year-old man during the second attack next to a nail salon on Jamaica Avenue close to Queens’ Richmond Hill neighborhood.
Though the assaults seemed random, Chief Kenny noted that the victims’ demographics were all varied and that there was no indication of a reason behind the gunshots on Saturday.
Edward A. Caban, the acting police commissioner, stated during the press conference that as soon as they became aware that the first two shootings may be related, authorities launched a broad search for the attacker. Police were called to a third shooting at a Queens store as they were investigating the killing.
While no one was hit, Chief Kenny stated that witnesses told the police how a guy on a scooter had been firing at persons who were gathered on a Jamaica Avenue corner at random. The gunman shot a 44-year-old man in the cheek at around 11:35 a.m., eight minutes after the third incident, according to the police. According to Chief Kenny, the person was transported to a hospital on Saturday night and was in critical condition.
According to Chief Kenny, the shooter shot a 63-year-old man in the right shoulder less than a minute later. The victim was taken to the hospital and is listed as stable. The victims’ identities are still unknown.
Once more, witnesses recounted how the attacker fired while using a scooter, according to the police. According to Chief Kenny, the shooter was apprehended around 1:10 p.m. in Queens after being discovered by police at the intersection of Sutphin Boulevard and 94th Avenue. He had one past arrest in New York City. According to the authorities, they took a 9-millimeter handgun and an elongated magazine from the shooter.
According to Chief Kenny, the gunman was riding his scooter and firing indiscriminately in an approximately six-mile radius of the city, without any intention of targeting or pursuing anyone.
At Zol Nails on Jamaica Avenue, Marisol Yepes, a 17-year-old technician, reported that she and her coworkers heard what she thought were fireworks since they weren’t as loud as a gunshot would typically sound. When they stepped outside, Ms. Yepes said, they noticed a man who was bleeding on the sidewalk.
According to Ms. Yepes, gunshots broke through the windows of May’s Beauty, a business across the street. Zoom Zoom Wireless, a cellular business across the junction from May’s Beauty, claims that its owner, Jasvir Singh, caught footage of the shooting on security cameras. The guy “took a U-turn,” loaded his gun, and “just started shooting randomly” at two persons, according to the film, he claimed.
Days before, at a press conference, Commissioner Caban reported that, following a spike in violent crime during the pandemic, the number of shootings in New York City had decreased by roughly 25% in the first half of this year compared to the same period in last year.