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Brooklyn woman is shot by two men racing by on scooters as gun violence continues to soar in NYC

A 32-year-old woman was shot in Brooklyn after two gunmen racing by on Razor scooters opened fire on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

The woman was walking in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Myrtle Avenue at Tompkins Avenue when she heard shots and realized she’d been shot in her right hip, The New York Post reported. 

The injured woman – who has not been named by police – was taken to Kings County Hospital in stable condition and is not believed to be the gunmen’s intended target, sources told The Post. 

It is reported that one of the gunmen was wearing a white hoodie with ‘Nike’ written in black while the other gunmen was wearing a black hoodie. 

Police on the scene collected 15 shell casings from the back of a nearby building and are currently investigating if it was a gang-related shooting that occurred outside the Tompkins Houses New York City Housing Authority building, they reported.   

A woman was shot in Brooklyn on Wednesday after two gunmen racing by on Razor scooters opened fire, according to police

The 32-year-old woman was shot in the right hip and taken to Kings County Hospital in stable condition that afternoon

The 32-year-old woman was shot in the right hip and taken to Kings County Hospital in stable condition that afternoon 

Police collected 15 shell casings from the back of a nearby building in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Myrtle Avenue at Tompkins Avenue

Police collected 15 shell casings from the back of a nearby building in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Myrtle Avenue at Tompkins Avenue

Authorities are currently investigating whether or not the incident was gang-related

Authorities are currently investigating whether or not the incident was gang-related

The shooting took place outside New York City Housing Authority's Tompkins Houses

The shooting took place outside New York City Housing Authority’s Tompkins Houses

Alvin Davis, a resident of NYCHA’s Tompkins Houses, expressed his concern about the violence in the area to The Post. 

‘I got grandkids who live out here in this complex,’ he said.

‘This gun violence has got to cease. I mean it’s crazy. It’s black-on-black crime. People are doing things that shouldn’t be done and I feel like it’s time to really come together and be able to socialize in friendly and Christian love and also just be brothers and sisters in harmony.’

He stated, ‘This violence is not the way.’

Wednesday’s shooting is the most recent in a violent string of attacks as the city has continued to face rising gun violence. 

NYPD data shows that the city has recorded 1,041 shooting incidents and 1,246 shooting victims this year compared to 989 shooting incidents and 1,217 shooting victims in the same period last year. 

As shootings have increased, so have the amount of gunmen on scooters.  

A man was caught on video on August 1 sprinting through the streets near Times Square firing a gun at his fleeing target and then riding off on a red and black scooter. 

On July 31, two men approached a crowd on a Queens street and fired about 40 shots which injured 10 people before they were driven away by two accomplices on mopeds.  

Earlier on in the month, a Russian tourist and her friend were randomly attacked on a trendy Manhattan sidewalk while a Lime scooter passenger opened fire outside a Harlem bodega. 

On June 17, Michael Lopez, 27, opened fire on 24-year-old man Hassan Wright in the Bronx. Two young children were at the scene but fortunately unharmed before the shooter took off with another suspect on a scooter.

Latest numbers from the NYPD show that shootings, rapes and assaults have continued to increase as violent crime soars

Latest numbers from the NYPD show that shootings, rapes and assaults have continued to increase as violent crime soars 

Shootings this year have steadily increased since January, with a small dip in June and July

Shootings this year have steadily increased since January, with a small dip in June and July

The Big Apple – like many metropolitan cities across the US – has been plagued by gun violence in the last year. 

In April, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his ‘Safe Summer’ program, a plan aimed at ending gun violence that focused on creating disincentives for young people looking to turn to guns by offering them positive alternatives. 

Most recently, Mayor de Blasio lashed out at the state’s criminal justice system this week, blaming soaring crime rates in the Big Apple on a dramatically reduced number of trial verdicts, which he slammed as ‘unacceptable.’ 

A spokesperson for the court system responded by accusing the mayor of ‘gaslighting’ the public in an attempt to shift the blame for the crime epidemic.

Speaking during his daily remote press conference on Monday, de Blasio revealed that in the first half of 2021, there were only 18 trial verdicts across the five boroughs, compared to 405 during the same time in 2019. 

‘That isn’t good enough,’ the mayor said, after heaping praise on the New York City Police Department for making a record number of gun-related arrests, and highlighting the work of community activists. 

‘That isn’t good enough,’ the mayor said, after heaping praise on the New York City Police Department for making a record number of gun-related arrests, and highlighting the work of community activists.   

De Blasio blamed the city's elevated crime rates on the criminal justice system

De Blasio blamed the city’s elevated crime rates on the criminal justice system 

Chaifen, nevertheless, acknowledged that because of social distancing requirements, only three trials can now be held simultaneously in each county, compared to up to a dozen before the pandemic, as The New York Post reported.

State courts outside New York City have produced 118 trial verdicts during the first eight months of the year. 

‘Whether it’s something as horrible as a murder or gun violence, you need a culture of consequences,’ de Blasio said. ‘The court system not functioning is having a bigger impact than almost any other factor right now.

‘The absence of those consequences for a whole variety of crimes is undermining public safety.’

He added: ‘If someone has committed a crime against a fellow New Yorker and they never see a consequence, or they think it’s so far away that it will have no impact on their life, it gives them license.’

According to latest NYPD crime statistics, shootings were up 5.3 per cent during the week of August 23-29, compared to the same time last year.

Rape and felony assault rates were also up about 5 per cent, but the number of murders slipped 1.3 per cent, compared to August 2020.


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