A gunman riding a scooter caused panic in Brooklyn and Queens on Saturday morning, shooting four victims. The rampage began in Cypress Hills when a 25-year-old suspect shot a 21-year-old man in the shoulder. Shortly after, the gunman fatally shot an 87-year-old man on Jamaica Avenue. The suspect was apprehended within two hours of the shooting spree.
The violence erupted at around 11:10 a.m. in Cypress Hills, where the suspect shot a 21-year-old man in the shoulder. About 20 minutes later, the gunman targeted an 87-year-old man on Jamaica Avenue, shooting him in the back. Sadly, the elderly man did not survive his injuries. A 44-year-old man was shot in the cheek near 126th Street and is currently in critical condition.
Another victim, a 63-year-old man, was shot in the shoulder on 134th Street. He was quickly taken to a hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested near 94th Avenue around 1:10 p.m., less than two hours after the shooting spree began. Police revealed that the suspect had a prior arrest record in the city.
During a press conference, Assistant Chief Joseph Kenny stated that the shooter used an illegal scooter without a valid license plate. The New York Police Department promptly circulated pictures of the suspect to all patrolling officers, leading to his arrest. Authorities also recovered a semiautomatic pistol, extended magazines, and the scooter used in the crime. Chief Kenny emphasized that the motive behind the attack remains unknown, as the victims come from diverse backgrounds and the shooter appeared to target people at random.
The New York Police Department is actively investigating the shooting, but no further details have been released at this time.