New York, NY – The mayor’s sister overhead somebody talking about a shooting on Sunday so she called her brother and warned him.
The incident occurred just before 3 p.m. on June 5 at Pier 79 near West 39th Street and 12th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, the New York Daily News reported.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a former New York Police Department (NYPD) transit captain, was on his way to pick up his sister at the ferry terminal when she called him.
She told him that she had seen three men overdressed for the warm day, the New York Daily News reported.
“While she was waiting three men walked on with hoodies on — and yesterday was very hot and they had hoodies on and she overheard one of them say something to the tune of, ‘Don’t shoot until you get inside,’” Adams recalled.
“She called me. I said, ‘Immediately call 911.’ And I got on the phone and called 911 to make sure they got the call,” the mayor told reporters at his Monday press conference.
He said he and his security detail rushed to the ferry terminal to retrieve his sister, the New York Daily News reported.
“When we got to the ferry, my security team and I went to the boat and said, ‘Don’t let the boats move out,’” the mayor told reporters. “Police responded and did a canvass of the area and now they’re going to continue the investigation.”
He said he was glad that his sister had called him about what she heard, the New York Daily News reported.
“Nothing would’ve been worse than if someone would’ve gotten on the boat and something would have happened to innocent people,” Adams said.
Combatting gun violence was a major platform in the mayor’s campaign, the New York Daily News reported.
Shootings are down seven percent in the Big Apple so far this year and murders have decreased by nine percent.
However, the major crime rate – which accounts for seven major felonies including murder – has jumped by 38 percent in 2022, the New York Daily News reported.