Another NYC murder as NYPD battles ongoing violence, gang war

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
De Blasio promises more police on streets as shootings surge
Derick Waller reports on the rise in crime from Times Square.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- State and local leaders are growing more desperate to find a way to curb the deadly violence after yet another murder overnight Thursday, as the escalating toll from a summer of shootings continues to rise.

A 25-year-old man was shot in the head early Thursday at College Avenue and East 167th Street in the Bronx.

Meanwhile, the cops are still trying to make arrests in an ongoing gang war that killed a 13-year-old boy.

They released these pictures of a black Honda Accord with three distinctive orange stripes on the hood.

Police say the gunman got out of that car, pulled out a gun, and killed 13-year-old Jaryan Elliott on Sunday.

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It was one of at least three killings involving teenagers in retaliation between rival gangs.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayoral Candidate Eric Adams teamed up to talk about crime on Wednesday in Brooklyn.

Mayor Bill de Blasio wasn't invited, as the two took veiled swipes at the current administration.

"There's just a sense that we have a city where any and everything goes," Adams said.

Cuomo vowed to work in partnership with Adams should he win in November.

"There is a general sense of lawlessness in the city," Cuomo said. "And it comes at a very frightening period of time."

Mayor de Blasio disputed those claims.

"I don't think that's the reality in New York City, it's a city that's coming back strong," he said. "So much is moving in the right direction. What is true is that we need help from Albany, and we need the court system to start moving more efficiently."

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Derick Waller reports from Washington Heights on the shooting.

Citywide data shows crime is spiking with murders up 5% compared to 2020.

Shootings are up 29%, driven by a crime wave in the Bronx where murders are up 40%. That's 20 more homicide victims than this time last year and shootings up a staggering 74%.

The de Blasio administration says they are trying to do something. The NYPD is adding more police officers to the streets this weekend.


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