A New York City bicyclist on his way to pull off a suspected gang hit was gunned down in a drive-by shooting early Tuesday morning, cops and police sources told the New York Post.
What are the details?
The 26-year-old man was riding a bike at Crown Street and Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights, a Brooklyn neighborhood, around 2 a.m. when he was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting, police told the paper, adding that the vehicle used was a dark-colored sedan.
Police sources said the victim had been arrested a dozen times in the city and was wearing black rubber gloves when he was shot, the Post reported. Investigators believe he had planned with two other men to carry out a shooting, police sources added to the paper.
The drive-by shooting victim was rushed to the Kings County Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, the paper said, adding that the shooting was believed to be gang-related.
Two other shootings took place in the city during a similar time frame, the Post said.
A drive-by shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at Astoria Boulevard North and Steinway Street in Queens, police told the paper.
Cops said the 27-year-old victim — also with multiple prior arrests — was shot in his left arm, left leg, and buttocks, the Post reported.
The shooter — who appeared to be wearing a black hoodie, black hat, and blue jeans — opened fire while driving south on Steinway Street in a white SUV, possibly a Dodge Durango, police added to the paper.
Investigators found six shell casings at the scene, the Post said.
In addition, a 21-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and lower back around 11:50 p.m. Monday on East 13th Street near University Place in Manhattan, authorities told the paper.
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police told the Post.
The motive was unclear, and the victim was uncooperative with investigators, police added to the paper.
No arrests have been made in any of the shootings, the Post said.
Violent crime and the NY governor’s race
On Sunday, far-left New York Gov. Kathy Hochul — a Democrat who’s running to hold on to her seat against GOP challenger Lee Zeldin — claimed that Republicans are pushing a “conspiracy” that Democrat states are “not as safe.”
Hochul said “shootings and murders are down in our state by 15 percent, even in New York City; down 20 percent on Long Island, where Lee Zeldin comes from … and it’s the Republican states where they have almost no restrictions on guns. Because of the abundance of guns, people are killing each other with more frequency. The safer places are the Democratic states.”
During the pair’s debate last week, Zeldin argued that Hochul is soft on crime — to which Hochul replied, “I don’t know why that’s so important to you.” A recent Quinnipiac poll found crime is the most important issue to New York voters.