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New York’s anger and anger after another shooting in the Brooklyn borough

New York Police Chief Keechant Sewell's press conference after the April 12, 2022 subway shooting.

The cycle of violence continues in New York. On Tuesday, April 12, twenty-three people were injured, including ten from gunfire, in southern Brooklyn.† The shooting happened in the Sunset Park neighborhood shortly before 8:30 a.m. local time (2:30 p.m. in Paris) on a crowded subway near the 36th Street station, a junction where three lines intersect. If five people were in critical condition, their lives were not in danger.

‘We were really lucky that it wasn’t much more serious’However, New York Police Chief Keechant Sewell underlined at the end of the day. A miracle when you consider that the gunman, who was still at large on Tuesday night, pulled the trigger thirty-three times.

Earlier in the day, authorities said that as the train pulled into the station, the suspect put on a gas mask, opened a canister that filled the car with smoke and started firing. Amateur videos and photos posted to social media showed pools of blood and people lying on the floor.

Keechant Sewell ruled out an act of terrorism at this stage. The shooter, described by police as: “a black man”wearing a construction jacket and a gray hoodie, was still wanted by the police on Tuesday evening.

On the spot, investigators found a pistol and three magazines. A car key also led them to an abandoned pickup truck in Brooklyn. Police released a description of the person who rented this vehicle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, without specifying whether it was the suspect.

Crime is on the rise in New York

In the morning, Democratic Governor of New York State Kathy Hochul could not contain her anger. “We are tired of reading the headlines about crime, whether it be shootings or the loss of a teenage girl or a 13-year-old. This has to stop”she hammered. An allusion to multiple victims recently killed in previous shootings or hit by stray bullets.

Crime in New York, very hard hit by Covid-19, has risen sharply since the start of the pandemic. If we are still a long way from the dark 1990s, when violence reached its peak, the situation has deteriorated in recent months. In 2021, the New York Police Department counted 488 homicides in the megalopolis of nearly 9 million residents, up slightly from a jump in 2020 (468 homicides from 319 in 2019).

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