NYC reeling from violence as police group, officials ask: 'When is this going to end?'

A 4-year-old girl who was buying toys and two women, one of whom was a tourist, were in the area of West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan on Saturday evening when they were struck by bullets meant for someone else. They are expected to survive, but the suspect was still at large as of Monday afternoon.

New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Saturday that two to four men began arguing in the area when one pulled out a gun and began shooting. “It appears at this time the three individuals that are shot are not known to each other and it appears that all three are innocent bystanders,” Shea said at the time. 


Speaking to the New York Post following the shooting, the little girl’s aunt, 16-year-old Danae Romero, asked: “What if he ends up hurting some more people? ‘Cause if he’s able to do it in a place where there’s so much people like Times Square and not care, what’s going to stop him from doing it again?”

When confronted with this question on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday’s events were “unacceptable” and the suspect would “be found and found soon.”


“We got to understand there are some individuals who do the wrong thing. And there’s still too many guns available to too many people and that needs policing solutions and community solutions, but also needs a change in Washington,” he said. “The answer is, bring back jobs, bring back activities, and keep refining our policing strategies. There’s no question in my mind, as the city comes back, that’s going to help us to reduce crime and violence.”

The Democratic mayor said he does not think the shooting will impact tourism.

The New York Law Enforcement Labor Coalition of unions representing city police officers of all ranks said in a tweet that it believes Saturday’s shootings served as “a message to the politicians whose laws and attitudes have made this city unsafe.”

“New York used to be the nation’s safest big city,” it wrote. “Not anymore.”

Hank Sheinkopf, a spokesperson for the New York Law Enforcement Labor Coalition, told Fox News on Monday that coalition members want to do the job they paid and trained to do: “To keep the city safe.”

But politicians are hampering their abilities, he said, pointing to the “diaphragm law,” which prohibits a police officer or law enforcement agent in New York City from “sitting, kneeling or standing on the chest or back” of a subject “in a manner that compresses the diaphragm,” according to the law’s language.

Lawmakers, he said, have “done similar things that have no sense whatsoever. They’ve incessantly attacked police officers, attack police officers, attacked the police department and its operations, come up with the zaniest and most dangerous ideas on the people. And the people who do not wish the public well got the message — and they’re out on the street shooting at record levels.”

In this image taken from video by the FDNY, pedestrians hurry away from the scene of a shooting in Times Square, Saturday, May 8, 2021, in New York. (FDNY via AP)

In this image taken from video by the FDNY, pedestrians hurry away from the scene of a shooting in Times Square, Saturday, May 8, 2021, in New York. (FDNY via AP)

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