NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two children were innocent victims of gun violence in the city over the weekend. Major Bill de Blasio blame the federal and state, but Governor Andrew Cuomo said the mayor is in denial.
But no single fingertip can change the fact that the city has so far failed to stem the tide of gun violence. CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Monday.
The terrifying flash of a gun – over and over again. A masked gunman shot through the railing and hit Kyle Forrester, 29, and killed his young cousin, 10-year-old Justin Wallace. is what brought NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea to family Far Rockaway home on Monday.
Shea said: “To support the family and know that we will do everything we can to get justice.
But while Shea offered his condolences, he had little recourse to the gun violence that has plagued the city for months.
There have been 687 mass shooting victims in the city so far in 2021, compared with 409 at this time last year. Of those, 19 were shot over the weekend, including a double shooting in the Bronx where a 12-year-old girl was shot in the ankle.
“We cannot lose any more children. Our kids here are dying. We have to come together as a city to tackle this,” said NYPD Director of Community Affairs Jeffrey Maddrey.
But Mayor de Blasio, who was visiting family over the weekend, is busy playing the blame game. In addition to asking the federal government to stop guns from entering the city, he has taken a new approach to blaming the state, saying it hasn’t been enough to help those pardoned reintegrate into society.
“It is a sad fact that the state government has expelled state prisoners, who have been granted amnesty, into New York City, and the truth is clear. State pardons are more likely to shoot suspects than before,” de Blasio said.
The mayor did not provide information on whether the man wanted in connection with Wallace’s murder was a pardon, only saying, when asked, “The parole issue is getting bigger and bigger. .”
Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo put the issue of gun violence in the heart of the mayor.
“Right now, you have a high crime rate in reality and in perception. You never solve a problem that you deny. ‘ said Cuomo.
The governor said crime and gun violence have an impact on the mayoral race, and he disagrees with those who want to bring down the police.