Surveillance video captured the moment a teen desperately tried to escape from a gunman who shot him in the leg on a street in Queens in broad daylight as violent crime in New York City continues to spiral out of control.
The incident took place on Sunday afternoon in front of a 99-cent store in Jamaica, Queens.
The suspect is filmed entering the store and then later catching up with the 16-year-old victim who tries to shield himself behind a brick column.
The two appear to exchange words and at one point the victim shrugs his shoulders as if to ask: ‘Why?’ but he is chased relentlessly by the suspect who is holding a gun in his right hand.
Eventually the teen victim tries to make a run for it but he is shot at close range in his right leg.
It marked the latest in a string of broad daylight attacks in the Big Apple – where shootings have spiked nearly 30 percent in 2021 compared to last year.
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Footage captures the moment a teen tries to escape a gunman who brazenly shoots him in the leg in broad daylight as violent crime in NYC continues to rise
The suspect is captured shooting the 16-year-old in the right leg after chasing him
Police are asking for help identifying the suspect (pictured) who shot a 16-year-old in Jamaica, Queens
The victim and the suspect both run away from the scene in opposite directions after the shooting.
The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Police say the victim has not been cooperative and as of Tuesday they are still searching for the suspect, the New York Post reported.
The shooting is the latest in the string of violent crime that have left many New Yorkers worried that the city is sliding back to the dark days of the ’70s and ’80s when it earned the nickname ‘Fear City’.
In the 1970s, the city faced $10billion in debt and funds were cut to the police and other services.
NYPD data shows that shootings have spiked 28.9 percent in 2021 compared to last year as of July 11, its most recent data. There have been 803 shooting incidents in 2021 compared to 623 in 2020.
The incident took place on Sunday afternoon in front of a 99- cent store (pictured) in Jamaica, Queens
Crime in New York City has risen, specifically the number of shooting victims and murders
Shooting victims are also up a staggering 22.2 percent year over year, with 931 people falling victim to gun crime compared to 623 by this time last year.
The number of murders has also risen from 215 to 225 in the same timeframe – a 4.7 percent rise.
Rape has surged 7.3 percent and other sex crimes 25.9 percent.
The biggest leap in crime rates is for hate crimes, which has surged by 118.2 percent in the last year. This data comes amid numerous random attacks on Asian Americans in the city, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eric Adams, the ex-cop who is the Democratic candidate for New York City mayor, warned last Wednesday that ‘no one is going to come back’ if violence, and in particular gun violence in the Big Apple continues.
The Brooklyn borough president appeared at an event with Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday as the two political leaders presented a united front in addressing the worrying rising crime.
‘No one is going to come back to our multibillion-dollar tourism industry if 3-year-olds are being shot in Times Square,’ Adams said.
Adams, 60, won the Democratic primary for this year’s mayoral race and will become the mayor of New York if he defeats Republican Curtis Sliwa in the general election.
He ripped New York judges and bail reform laws for not doing their part to combat the rising crime rates.
He also said judges are not using tools they do have at their disposal like Kendra’s Law which lets courts order mental health treatment in some cases.
‘Our judges are not giving bail on cases where they are allowed to give bail. They’re refusing to use Kendra’s Law on mental health issues,’ Adams said.
‘We have thrown up our hands, and we have surrendered our city. It’s time for us to ensure our city is for the working class, everyday people who are following the laws and saying that government is going to make sure we protect them.’
Cuomo described gun violence as a ‘major civil rights issue’ while announcing the state will offer 4,000 summer jobs and full-time jobs with training for the city’s youth in the hopes of providing an ‘alternative’ to gun violence, the Daily News reported.
Those efforts come after de Blasio already unveiled 75,000 jobs for city youth this summer, as noted by the Daily News.
Cuomo admitted back in May that New York City is now in the throes of a ‘major problem.’
‘New Yorkers don’t feel safe and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is up,’ he said.
‘It’s not that they are being neurotic or overly sensitive – they are right.’