In a night of bloodshed, two people were killed and at least 12 others injured in 11 separate shootings and stabbings NYC On Sunday.
The incidents happened within the span of just six hours, and shortly after the city’s mayor, Eric Adams, vowed to the citizens of the Big Apple that he would change that crime thing around’.
The violence, which spanned all five NYC boroughs, saw a 16-year-old shot in the head in a street brawl, a 74-year-old woman shot in the abdomen on a park bench and a 52-year-old man by his stabbed his own brother.
The night of violence comes at a time when many NYC residents are increasingly concerned about rising crime statistics.
While the number of homicides and shootings in 2022 to date is down from this time last year, statistics from the New York City Police Department show that overall crime has increased by more than 30 percent since 2021.
Just hours before Sunday’s crime spree began, NYC Mayor Adams, who campaigned on promises to clamp down on violent crime in the city, said a criminal justice system rampage was responsible for the violence in NYC.
Pictured: A card showing the 11 separate shootings and stabbings on Sunday night that killed two and injured 12
“It’s unfortunate the climate we work in… where the entire criminal justice apparatus has turned its back on the public and the public’s right to live safely in their city,” he said. “We took almost 3,800 guns off the streets and many of the people who had carried those guns have been able to return to the streets.”
He continued: “We’re seeing a decrease in shootings, a decrease in homicides, but it’s more than that, it’s the robberies, the burglaries.
“We’re going to flip this crime thing, and when we do that, people are really going to see the progress that we’ve made in other parts of the city,” he added.
The incidents happened within just six hours, shortly after the city’s Mayor Eric Adams (pictured July 12) vowed to citizens of the Big Apple to “reverse this crime cause.”
However, shortly after his radio appearance on Sunday, the violence began.
At 6:30 p.m., a 52-year-old man named Oscar Gutierrez was stabbed to death by his own brother near Jamaica Avenue and Queens Boulevard.
Cops said the attack stemmed from an argument between the two, which saw the suspect stab and slash his brother multiple times in the chest in a second-floor hallway. Gutierrez was taken to the hospital but was later pronounced dead.
Gutierrez lived in the building where he was killed, New York Daily News reported, with police still trying to track down the suspect as of Sunday night.
Just six minutes later, at 6:36 p.m. in Brooklyn, a 74-year-old woman sitting on a bench at the Louis Heaton Pink Houses was shot in the stomach.
The woman was sitting in the courtyard of the houses when she heard gunfire, police said, before feeling a bullet pierce her stomach. She was taken to Brookdale Hospital and is said to be in stable condition.
It is believed that she was an innocent bystander when she was hit.
Barely 30 minutes later, at 7 p.m. on Staten Island, a woman suffered gunshot wounds. She went to Richmond University Medical Center herself on Sunday night.
An hour later at 8 p.m., a man was stabbed to death in Queen’s Flushing Meadows Corona Park, police said. His condition has not been reported.
Shortly after, four people were shot dead in Brownsville, Brooklyn, when a fight broke out near the Rockaway Avenue subway station, police said.
A person involved in the brawl opened fire, hitting the 16-year-old boy in the head and a second man in the stomach. Two others were grazed by bullets. The teenager was taken to Maimonides Hospital, where he is said to be in critical condition.
Citywide violence continued at 8:45 p.m. when a 22-year-old woman walking her dog was struck by gunfire near Bristow Street and Jennings Street in the Bronx. The woman was hit in the leg and is unlikely to die.
According to PIX11Officials said they saw a white car traveling north on Jennings and that the shot may have come from the passing vehicle.
Minutes later and just blocks away, a 46-year-old mother and her 13-year-old daughter were injured in a shooting on Southern Boulevard, police said.
The couple were in a supermarket when two men argued outside. Then someone opened fire, with bullets flying through the store’s windows, hitting the mother and her daughter.
Police said the teenage girl was hit in the hand while her mother was being scraped on the chest. According to official information, neither of them had life-threatening injuries.
A second person died around 11 p.m. Sunday night when a 34-year-old man was shot dead in Harlem near Malcolm X Boulevard and 115th Street in what police say was a hanging-related incident The New York Post reports.
At 11:30 p.m., a second man was shot dead in Harlem. His condition is unknown.
Between the two Harlem shootings at 11:15 p.m., another man was shot dead — this time on New York Avenue in Brooklyn’s Little Haiti. He was hit in the leg.
Finally, in the eleventh incident of the night, a victim was shot and killed near West 22nd Street and Sixth Avenue at 12:20 a.m. Monday in Manhattan.
The attacker fled the scene in a white SUV. Sources say the victim was awake and conscious after being shot, according to the New York Post.
The latest NYPD figures, comparing June 2022 to June 2021, show shootings and homicides are down 24.2 percent and 31.6 percent, respectively.
However, Mayor Adams acknowledged to WBLS that “predatory crimes” — crimes like robberies and burglaries — have yet to be addressed.
Overall crime in New York City is up 37.66 percent, figures show.
Adams said: “Public safety and justice are prerequisites for prosperity. If you’re not sure, you really can’t thrive. Public safety is crucial. Crime really sucked all the oxygen out of the room.”