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New York City is turning into a hellhole, and locals are growing increasingly fed-up as Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to gaslight and deflect from the city’s real issues.
Times Square, the iconic tourist destination visited by thousands of travelers from across the world every single day, transformed into a war zone Saturday afternoon as an argument between three suspects erupted into a gun fight.
Slightly before 5:00 pm early that evening, a group of two to four men in the Times Square area began arguing, according to local station WABC.
During the argument, at least one of the suspects pulled a gun and began firing. While the bullets reportedly missed their intended target, they did strike three innocent bystanders, including a 4-year-old girl who’d been shopping for toys with her parents.
“Pow pow pow pow, just like that. It was real quick. And we heard it, it just sounded like a firecracker,” one witness told the station.
“I heard about four or five shots. Then a few minutes later, I saw them pick up the girl. She looked like she got shot in the leg. They put her in the ambulance,” another witness reportedly added.
Thankfully, the girl survived, as did a 23-year-old tourist from Rhode Island and a 43-year-old woman from New Jersey, though all three had to be taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
As of Sunday morning, it appeared all the authorities had to go on was the following surveillance footage of one of the men reportedly involved in the dispute. It’s not clear whether he was the gunman.
WANTED in connection to shooting three people near West 44th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan on May 8, 2021. @NYPDDetectives need anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of this individual to contact @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS. All calls are anonymous. pic.twitter.com/qciBGCR6AK
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 9, 2021
Earlier today, 3 people were shot in @TimesSquareNYC, including a 4-year-old child.
Help your @NYPDDetectives identify the man pictured below — they want to talk him about the incident.
Call 800-577-TIPS with info. pic.twitter.com/GrgPUu7nCC
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) May 9, 2021
In response to the shooting, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, a far-left Democrat, posted a tweet in which he attempted he exploit the shooting to promote his gun control agenda.
“The flood of illegal guns into our city must stop,” he tweeted in what seemed like an effort to deflect attention from the city’s real problems.
The city’s real problems, according to locals, is its lax enforcement of the law via its defunding of the police, its elimination of bail and its releasing of criminals.
Here’s the latest from Times Square:
Thankfully these innocent bystanders are in stable condition.
The perpetrators of this senseless violence are being tracked down and the NYPD will bring them to justice.
The flood of illegal guns into our city must stop. https://t.co/SjU2eQR09l
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 8, 2021
You are despicable. You’re responsible for all of this violence. How do you sleep at night? Resign immediately.
— Rob Taub (@robmtaub) May 8, 2021
It’s not about the illegal guns it’s about criminals knowing there will be ZERO consequences! Maybe a few hours And right back out! Maybe tickets to a ball game?
— Beth Hanning (@BethHanning2) May 8, 2021
the rollback of bail reform is putting these criminals back on the streets…you have no one to blame but yourself for that🚨
— Shaynero19 (@Shaynero191) May 9, 2021
stop👏releasing👏violent👏convicts👏from👏prison👏 early👏without👏rehabilitation👏people are getting assaulted unprovoked every day in once non-violent crime areas
— father anna (@ItsEarlyInTheAM) May 9, 2021
You have their blood on your hands. Your radical policies have ruined this city. I was a progressive liberal just a few years ago, but no longer. If we are to pay the highest taxes in the country then we DEMAND safety! You are getting people killed …
— Gina (Mignona) Newman (@GinaMignona) May 8, 2021
You are responsible… you disbanded the undercover gun task force combined with the no bail bill. It’s not working Mr. MAYOR.
— Donna M.Hayes (@DonnaMHayes1) May 9, 2021
NYC’s top law enforcement officer, NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea, agrees.
“How many more kids do we need to be shot before we realize that bad policies have consequences and we need action and we need policies regarding laws that have consequences,” he angrily said during a press briefing Saturday evening.
Asked to clarify what he meant by “bad policies,” he called attention to laws that allow dangerous criminals to be released back onto the streets over and over again.
“I think we’ve we’ve spoken about this ad nauseum at this point day in and day out. Earlier this morning … we had an innocent 60 year old pushed onto the subway tracks. The individual was almost immediately arrested by responding police officers,” he said.
“It is the third time this year already that that individual has been arrested for unprovoked assaults. When is this going to end. How many more people have to be injured, pushed in front of a train or in this case, a young four-year-old toy-shopping shot?”
It doesn’t help that last summer the mayor defunded the police by $1 billion.
In response to the shooting, former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton posted a video of one of the city’s officers running as she carried the injured child to paramedics and noted that it’s “a very vivid example of the absurdity of proposals to defund or abolish the police.”
Hero NYPD cop rushing through the danger in Times Square tonight as she carries a 4-year-old who was shot to waiting paramedics. A very vivid example of the absurdity of proposals to defund or abolish the police. #CopsCountPoliceMatter pic.twitter.com/Qw9nc7VFoW
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) May 9, 2021
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