Scooter-borne Assailant Opens Fire Randomly in NYC, One Fatality and Three Injuries Reported, Says Police

by Lucas Garcia
New York City Shootings

A gunman, operating from a scooter, embarked on a random shooting spree across two New York City boroughs, resulting in the death of an 87-year-old individual and injuring three others, police revealed on Saturday.

A 25-year-old suspect was apprehended without any confrontation. His identity has been kept confidential by the police, according to Assistant Police Chief Joseph Kenny in a news conference. The police recovered a 9 mm handgun equipped with an extended magazine and a scooter from the scene.

The New York Police Department extracted an image of the shooter from a video, which they disseminated to officers’ phones. Consequently, the suspect was identified and arrested approximately two hours post the initial incident.


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“The motive remains unknown. His actions seem random,” stated Kenny.

As per the NYPD, the shooting spree comprised five separate incidents, with the shooter on a scooter attacking in Brooklyn and Queens. One of these shootings resulted in no injuries.

The spree commenced around 11:10 a.m., when a scooter-borne individual shot a 21-year-old male in the shoulder in Brooklyn. The victim was rushed to a hospital with survival expectations, as per the police.

Within seventeen minutes, a 87-year-old man was critically shot multiple times in the Richmond Hill area of Queens, subsequently succumbing to his injuries at a hospital.

In a subsequent incident in Queens, eyewitnesses reported a scooter-borne man discharging his weapon randomly into a crowd, though fortunately no one was injured.

Following this, an eight-minute interval led to a 44-year-old man being shot in the face and left in critical condition at the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

In the final incident, a 63-year-old man was shot in the torso and is currently stable in the hospital.

The rate of homicides in America’s most populated city has been on the rise, reaching levels seen a decade ago. The number of people injured by gunfire escalated in New York City during the pandemic, and has remained distressingly high, with a string of high-profile crimes also plaguing the city.

Mayor Eric Adams, a former New York City police captain, has underscored the need for gun control.

Corrections have been made to this story due to previous inaccuracies in information regarding the victims of the shooting provided by the New York City police. The individual who died was 87 years old, not 86. The second last victim was 44 years old, not 63, was shot in the face, not the shoulder, and is in critical condition, not stable. The last victim was 63 years old, not 61, and is in stable condition, not critical.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Random NYC Shooting

How many people were affected by the shooting spree in NYC?

Four people were directly affected by the shooting spree. An 87-year-old man was killed, and three others were injured.

Where did the shootings take place?

The shootings occurred across two boroughs in New York City, specifically in Brooklyn and Queens.

Who carried out the shootings?

A 25-year-old man, operating from a scooter, carried out the shootings. His identity has been withheld by the police.

What weapon was used in the shootings?

The shooter used a 9 mm handgun with an extended magazine.

Were there any errors in the initial report about the victims?

Yes, there were some inaccuracies in the original report regarding the victims. The person who died was 87, not 86. The penultimate victim was 44, not 63, and was shot in the face, not the shoulder, and is in a critical condition, not stable. The last victim was 63, not 61, and is in stable condition, not critical.

How did the police apprehend the suspect?

The New York Police Department circulated an image of the shooter from a video to officers’ phones, and the suspect was spotted and apprehended approximately two hours after the first shooting.

What has the response from city leadership been to the incident?

Mayor Eric Adams, a former New York City police captain, has emphasized the importance of gun control in the wake of the incident.

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KellyJ July 9, 2023 - 1:43 am

omg. This is why we need stronger gun control laws, it’s just to scary!

Markus_NYC July 9, 2023 - 6:05 am

My prayers to the victims families…mayor adams better step up his game! enough is enough

Nathaniel_P July 9, 2023 - 10:01 am

Poor souls, how messed up it is. Prayers for them and their families. I hope the culprit gets what he deserves.

Mike32 July 9, 2023 - 3:57 pm

What’s happenin to this city, man? Its goin to the dogs…Mayor needs to do more!

Samantha_daisy July 9, 2023 - 8:23 pm

so terrified to live in this city anymore. Are we ever gonna be safe again???


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