A Lime scooter passenger opened fire outside a Harlem bodega while a Russian tourist and her friend were randomly attacked on a Chelsea sidewalk in the latest violent incidents to hit New York during a summer of bloodshed.
Police this week released footage of the two attacks which happened last month.
One shows two men riding the scooter down Second Avenue near East 115th Street at 3.35pm on June 13 when the passenger fires at least one shot at a group of men gathered outside the corner store, as customers at a nearby deli flee in terror.
The second video shows two women strolling along West 15th Street near Eighth Avenue when a thug grabs one of them, a 31-year-old tourist, before tossing her into a scaffolding pole. She hits then floor, before he drags her along the sidewalk as her friend, 33, desperately tries to fight him off.
The suspect tried to snatch the tourist’s purse but she managed to hold onto it before he punched the older woman in the face and fled, the NY Post reported, citing police sources. Both women were treated in hospital after the incident at around 9.30pm on June 26.
Footage released by NYPD shows two men riding the scooter down Second Avenue near East 115th Street at 3.35pm on June 13
The passenger fires at least one shot at a group of men gathered outside the corner store, as customers at a nearby deli flee
Meanwhile, police are still hunting two men for reckless endangerment over the Lime scooter shooting, which involved a handgun and did not cause any injuries, police said.
The suspects – which were still on the loose early Tuesday – were last seen heading southbound on Second Avenue before turning right onto East 116th Street, NYPD said.
It comes as violent crime continues to spike in the Big Apple, jumping by a quarter over the past year, according to police data.
Shootings in New York City have surged by 43 percent in the past year, while murders are up 12 percent.
At least 26 people were shot in NYC on Saturday and Sunday amid the bloody crime epidemic.
Two men shot in the Bronx in separate incidents on Sunday died.
Meanwhile, a 19 year-old woman is fighting for her life after being shot in the chest by a man dressed in black while she and her boyfriend walked through Harlem on Sunday night.
Police unions say a $1billion cut in the policing budget Mayor Bill de Blasio made last summer to appease ‘defund the police’ activists is behind the surge in violence.
The second video shows two women strolling along West 15th Street near Eighth Avenue when a thug grabs one of them, a 31-year-old tourist, before tossing her into a scaffolding pole. She hits then floor
He drags the tourist along the sidewalk as her friend, 33, desperately tries to fight him off. The suspect tried to snatch the tourist’s purse but she managed to hold onto it before he punched the older woman in the face and fled
Both women were treated in hospital after the incident at around 9.30pm on June 26. Pictured is a camera still of the suspect
The Lime scooter shooting suspects (pictured) – which were still on the loose early Tuesday – were last seen heading southbound on Second Avenue before turning right onto East 116th Street
Writing for DailyMail.com in April, Ed Mullins, the president of the 13,000 member New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association, said: ‘The 2020 ‘reform’ package has done nothing but kneecap the police and increase violent crime to levels not seen since the early 1990s.’
However, De Blasio Friday tried to play down his role in fueling the upsurge in violence, claiming it was part of a wider phenomenon that was being seen in major cities across America as it emerges out of lockdown.
‘A number of other American cities unfortunately are going through much, much worse [crime spikes], and that’s where that [federal relief] money was targeted,’ he said.
There is also anger that a new $98.7bn city budget adopted last week boosts the NYPD budget just $200m, which is far less summer’s cut.
On Monday a man launched an unhinged attack on a line of carriage horses in Central Park, punching and kicking the defenseless animals while threatening to stab bystanders.
The attack took place on Monday just before noon inside Central Park near West 59th Street and Sixth Avenue, the New York Post reported.
A madman took out his rage on a line of carriage horses in Central Park on Monday, punching and kicking the defenseless animals while threatening to stab bystanders
The horse attack comes as violent crime continues to spike in the Big Apple, jumping by a quarter over the past year, according to police data
Drivers with the Hansom cab carriage company say they saw the suspect talking to himself and washing his shirt in the horses’ drinking water before he approached an 11-year-old Gypsy/Morgan cross named ‘Dennis.’
He began cursing at the animal before suddenly slugging the gentle creature in the face, said the drivers.
‘With his wet shirt wrapped around his hand, he punched Dennis in the face!’ driver Nurettin Kirbiyik, 47, told Fox News. ‘I look away, I was scared, I didn’t want to look at him.’
The unnamed attacker then targeted a second horse, launching a kick at it, before aiming a punch at a third horse, a 16-year-old dark brown mare named ‘Mary.’
Thankfully, Mary’s driver Henry Kaya was able to intervene and moved his horse out the way.
‘He raised his hand to punch my horse but I pulled my horse back so he could barely touch my horse,’ Kaya told the New York Post.
Before storming off the man threatened to punch Kaya and told the driver ‘I have a knife’, Kaya said.
A still from his cell phone footage captured the man launching his fist at a defenseless horse.
Surveillance footage reveals the man who slashed a 23-year-old woman who ignored his catcalls in Times Square early Friday morning
At one point the man put on a safety vest he picked up from the ground and claimed, ‘He was stabbing me in the back, your friend,’ while gesturing with his arm, the Post reported.
Kaya and another driver, Mario Angelucci, tracked the man down and confronted him from a distance.
‘Why are you hitting my horse? It’s a poor animal!’ Kaya yelled at the man.
Kaya says he told passersby to call the police as the man walked away.
He called 911 and showed his video to the cops who told him they recognized the man as someone who hangs out in Times Square, he said.
But the NYPD reportedly marked the case as unfounded because of a lack of evidence, the Post reported.
Angelucci blamed the situation on mayor Bill de Blasio.
‘De Blasio really turned this place into a mess,’ he told Fox News. ‘He was supposed to clean this up!’
New surveillance footage shows the moment a man opened fire in Times Square Sunday night. A marine was killed by a stray bullet
United States Marine Samuel Poulin, 21, was waling with relatives through the iconic NYC landmark when he was hit
Most recently a woman was slashed in the chest and hand after ignoring a mans catcalls in Times Square last Friday.
That incident came a week after a U.S. Marine was hit by a stray bullet after two CD vendors got into a fight and one opened fire.
In response to the incidents, de Blasio said he is increasing police presence in the area, deploying ‘dozens’ more police officers, some of whom will be in plain clothes, to engage with street vendors.
But critics still fault the mayor for the ever-rising tide of crime, citing the politician’s anti-police sentiment.
‘It’s a direct result of far-left policy being put into action,’ Rep Nicole Malliotosist, the city’s sole Republican in Congress told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.
‘The bail reform law has been a disaster,’ he said. ‘People with extensive criminal histories are arrested for major crimes and then released and are back out on the streets.’
Crime in New York City. Based in NYPD Report covering the week of 6/28/2021 through 7/4/2021 and compared to the same week last year
And Ed Mullins, president of the NYPD’s Sergeant Benevolent Association added: ‘Nobody is talking about why this is happening. You have to address the real problems, enforce laws, have District Attorneys prosecute crimes and have bail that actually works.
‘The cops aren’t allowed to do anything,’ added Mullins. ‘This administration doesn’t want confrontation. They’re afraid of any backlash, any protests.
‘The police department is trying to appease the people who are violating the law, but we’re learning that appeasement doesn’t work.’
Last week thousands of homeless people were finally moved into shelters from hotels in Midtown Manhattan where they were housed during the pandemic, with NYPD linking their presence to a spike in crimes.
The police precinct that includes Times Square and many of the hotel homeless shelters has seen a 183 percent spike in felony assaults and 173 percent spike in robberies so far this year compared to 2020, according to NYPD data.
Last week thousands of homeless people were finally moved into shelters from hotels in Midtown Manhattan where they were housed during the pandemic, with NYPD linking their presence to a spike in crimes. Pictured is the Kixby Hotel on Tuesday
For months residents living near the hotels have implored the city to relocate the homeless people who they blame for bringing crime and drug use right outside their front doors, with a ‘drug corridor’ emerging between Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Latest official figures show murders citywide are up 12 percent from 189 at this time last year to 212 so far in 2021.
Rapes are up from 650 to 684 in the year to June 27. Felony assaults are up from 9,399 to 10,045.
The most dramatic crease is in gun violence, with incidents up 43 percent from 503 to 718 and those injured or killed up 36 percent from 606 to 826.
In just one week – from Wednesday, June 23 through Tuesday, June 29 – all five boroughs of New York City were plagued by chilling murders, drive-by shootings, nightly wildings in Washington Square Park and smaller random acts of violence.
US streets were bathed in blood over Independence Day weekend with 142 killed in 379 separate shootings, with Chicago and Philadelphia among the locations worst-hit.
Chicago suffered the greatest bloodshed, with at least 92 shootings over the long weekend. That saw 16 killed and 76 injured.
The first three hotels have been cleared, with at least five more expected to be cleared this week