The NYPD is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can help them catch the “cold-blooded” killer who yesterday shot two homeless men, killing one, in two gruesome attacks.
One of the victims died after being shot in the head and neck at 6 a.m. at 148 Lafayette Street, opposite the exclusive and expensive 11 Howard hotel. It took 12 hours for the police to realize he was dead and to find his body – riddled with bullet holes – from the bright yellow sleeping bag he had been lying in.
At 4:30 a.m., the killer shot another homeless man in the arm on nearby King Street. The victim survived and was taken to hospital.
In the Lafayette Street murder, the suspect was filmed in chilling surveillance footage wearing a black ski mask and black clothing. He was seen poking the helpless victim and looking around before firing his fatal shots.
Mayor Eric Adams said in an urgent appeal yesterday, “Homelessness is turning into murder. We need to find this person and we need New Yorkers to help us. This is cold-blooded murder.’
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also pass on their tips by logging into the Crime Stoppers website.
In the first attack, the 38-year-old victim was sleeping on King Street, between Varick Street and Sixth Avenue, when the gunman approached him at 5 a.m. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive.
When the gunman fired at him, he awoke and yelled, “What the hell are you doing?” according to the police. The age of the second victim is unknown, but he was described by police as a Hispanic man.
Police are looking for a man who shot two homeless men in Manhattan within hours of each other, killing one
Video shows the suspect walking up to the homeless person and kicking him several times before pulling out his weapon
The suspect can be seen looking around to see if anyone was watching before committing the heinous act
After prodding the man with his foot several times, the suspect walked up to the homeless man and shot him dead
“Homelessness is murder,” Mayor Eric Adams said at a news conference Saturday night.
“I believe this is what makes this case so horrific, watching the video, watching the individual intentionally walk up to innocent people facing the challenges of homelessness – and it’s entirely possible that one of our citizens is still alive alone.” because he woke up,” Adams said.
“Homelessness turns into murder. We need to find this person and we need New Yorkers to help us,” Mayor Eric Adams said at a news conference Saturday night.
“And I’m here today to send a very clear message that all New Yorkers matter.”
“Two people were shot while sleeping in the street, not committing a crime but sleeping in the street,” the mayor said with an air of disbelief.
Chief Hank Saunter added: “We are talking about two people who are homeless.
“The most vulnerable population in the city right now.”
Police said they will make massive efforts to send men and women sleeping on the streets to a city shelter for their safety.
Separately, two Museum of Modern Art employees were stabbed yesterday by an insane former member.
According to authorities, the man had just withdrawn his membership.
He went to the museum yesterday and stabbed two female employees.
The brutal murder comes as the city is reeling from a February crime wave, with incidents rising nearly 60 percent over the same period last year.
The city’s latest crime figures show 9,138 incidents in February, up from 5,759 in the same period in 2021 — with double-digit increases in nearly every major category.
There were 32 murders in February, three more than in the same month last year.
One of the men was shot at 54 King Street, pictured above (file photo). It is a quiet residential street in SoHo
The second man was shot and killed at 148 Lafayette Street (file photo). The location is next to the expensive 11 Howard hotel?
In the month of February, the NYPD reported a 58.7 percent increase in total crime. The latest figures showed 9,138 incidents, up from 5,759 in 2021 – with double-digit increases in almost every major category
Multiple other categories saw shocking jumps, including car theft, which rose nearly 105 percent; grand theft, which is up nearly 80 percent in the previous year; robberies, which rose 56 percent; a 44 percent increase in burglaries and a 22 percent spike in assaults. Rapes also saw a terrifying 35 percent increase in February.
The crime wave comes into office during Adams’ first few months. The former NYPD officer has vowed to crack down on the influx of incidents into the city’s streets and subway system — which has seen a spate of violent incidents in recent weeks. Former Mayor Bill De Blasio’s policies have contributed to the current crime wave, experts say.
In response to the crime wave, Adams recently pleaded with lawmakers in Albany to consider a controversial bail reform bill that would allow judges to consider whether a person is dangerous before being released from prison.
Adams wants to see changes to bail reform laws and other criminal justice measures, saying they will lower crime rates in the city and reduce gun violence.
In February, Adams, who campaigned last year to get people back to work amid the Covid pandemic and clean up the crime-ridden subway system, outlined his plans for bail laws in the city, often allowing suspects to take to the streets. wandering within hours of arrest.
“Let’s abolish the bail system, because you shouldn’t be able to get out of jail just because you can pay bail. Let’s take that away. Judges should look at the case for themselves and say, “This person has had two gun arrests and he’s constantly telling people in town that I don’t care about your safety,” the mayor said.
“That judge should have the right to make the discretion that this person is just being held.”