By Carol Tannenhauser
A 40-year-old man was shot in the left shoulder Thursday night on West 92nd Street near Columbus Avenue, and police apprehended the gunman, according to NYPD.
“Thankfully, the victim will be ok,” Deputy Inspector Naoki Yaguchi, the commander of the precinct, wrote to West Side Rag. “And thanks to the good work of the 24 Precinct officers and the help of cops from Central Park, we were able to apprehend the shooter as well as the firearm. In addition to the shooting victim, the perpetrator also pistol whipped a second victim and also shot at a third victim but missed.
“We believe this shooting is gang/crew related,” Yaguchi added. “And there is definitely an increased comfort level in carrying guns on the street.”
After several shots were fired & one person struck on Manhattan’s #UWS last night, these @NYPD24Pct cops ran toward the danger & chased down the armed gang member — taking both him & his illegal .357 off the streets before they could hurt anyone else. pic.twitter.com/qWC9kXJK06
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) July 17, 2020
It was the sixth “shooting incident” in the month of July in the 24th Precinct, which covers West 86th Street to 110th Street. There were no shootings in the 24th in the same time period in 2019, Yaguchi wrote.
Thursday’s shooting took place at 9:33 PM in the Sol Bloom Playground, which is next to 74 West 92nd Street, a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) building. It followed a dispute in front of that location, police said. The victim was shot once in the left shoulder.
Some elected officials contend the increase in violence is related to a slowdown in enforcement by the NYPD, following the murder of George Floyd on May 25th, and subsequent nationwide protests against police brutality. “In the 24th Precinct, as of 7/12/20, (there were) 78 arrests in the 28-day period ending on 7/12/20, compared to 113 arrests in the 28-day period ending on 7/12/19. For the year, we have made 100 less arrests, 675 vs. 775,” Yaguchi said.
Police officials, including Commissioner Dermot Shea, have said that new laws intended to reduce police brutality — including a chokehold ban — are making it harder to do their jobs.
On Friday, Mayor de Blasio and Shea announced “a plan intended to combat the recent surge of shootings…But neither official offered any specifics about how their “End Gun Violence Plan” will achieve its goals,” the New York Post reported.
“All of the shooting incidents in the 24th Precinct are still under investigation as to the motives and underlying disputes between the victims and the perpetrators,” Yaguchi concluded. “Based upon locations, some incidents may be connected, but we cannot say so definitively.”
Yaguchi provided the following list of the July shooting incidents, prior to the latest:
Thursday 7/9 at 3:25 am: Shooting/homicide at W. 104 St. & Columbus Ave.
Saturday 7/11 at 2:00 pm: Shots fired (no injuries) at 136 W. 91 St.
Sunday 7/12 at 10:45 pm: Shots fired (no injuries) rear of 850 Columbus Ave.
Monday 7/13 at 11:00pm: Shots fired (no injuries) at W. 91 St. & Amsterdam Ave.
Tuesday 7/14 at 9:00pm: Shooting at 67 W. 109 St.