Bronx, NY – A 28-year-old man was fatally shot by a passing motorist as he was crossing the street with his six-year-old daughter on Sunday, security footage showed (video below).
The attack occurred as 28-year-old Anthony Robinson was walking hand-in-hand with his daughter in the area of East 170th Street and Sheridan Avenue on July 5, WITI reported.
As they proceeded across the intersection, a black car pulled up beside them, security footage showed.
Robinson momentarily paused and appeared to say something to the little girl just as someone stuck a gun out the passenger window of the car.
Robinson collapsed to the pavement as the child ran away and the gunman sped off.
Police said Robinson’s daughter was not injured in the attack, WITI reported.
Robinson was rushed to BronxCare Health System with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest, according to CNN.
He was pronounced dead a short while later.
According to his family members, Robinson was a father of two, WPIX reported.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information about Robinson’s murder.
There has been a 44 percent increase in shootings in New York this year in comparison to the same period in 2019, CNN reported.
Murders are up a staggering 23 percent.
As a result, an estimated 600 plainclothes officers have been reassigned to cover a variety of other roles.
In order to get guns off of the streets, the NYPD will rely more heavily on intelligence, data, video and ShotSpotter technology, Commissioner Shea said.
“This is 21st century policing,” he declared. “I think it’s time to move forward and change how we police in this city. We can do it with brains, we can do it with guile, we can move away from brute force.”
Just days later, 28 shootings took place in a span of 72 hours, leaving 38 people wounded, WCBS reported.
In fact, the total number of people shot in New York City during a single week in June was up a staggering 414 percent compared to the same time last year.
While simultaneously axing anti-crime units and vowing to defund the NYPD as a whole, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that hundreds of additional officers are being deployed to the streets to help handle the uptick in gun violence, WCBS reported.
“It’s really important to remember, job one is always to keep people safe,” de Blasio claimed. “We are not going to allow gun violence to continue to grow in this city. We’re not going to go back to the days when there was so much violence pervading our communities.”
Despite the mayor’s assertions, 125 shootings took place in the city in the first three weeks of June alone, the likes of which hadn’t been seen since 1996, WCBS reported.
“We’re going to use new strategies and approaches in policing, new strategies and approaches at the community level,” de Blasio declared. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to fight back gun violence.”
While the mayor vowed to fight gun violence by slashing the NYPD’s budget and funneling funds into community “strategies,” City Council Chairman Daniel Dromm criticized police for not solving the problem on their own.
“It makes me wonder exactly what’s going on with the NYPD,” Dromm told WCBS. “Same as with the fireworks. I mean, is there no enforcement? Are they slowing down? What is happening gives me great concern.”
Former NYPD Chief of Department Joseph Esposito said that the weeks of riots and anti-police demonstrations have taken their toll on the NYPD and have had a negative impact on proactive policing.
“They’re all looking over their shoulders and in the back of their mind, whether consciously or subconsciously, they’re saying, ‘Why should we bother? We don’t get the support. Why should we bother?’” he told WCBS.
Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Pat Lynch said that city lawmakers are the ones to blame for essentially tying law enforcement’s hands.
“Anti-Crime’s mission was to protect New Yorkers by proactively preventing crime, especially gun violence,” Lynch told WNBC in a statement. “Shooting and murders are both climbing steadily upward, but our city leaders have decided that proactive policing isn’t a priority anymore. They chose this strategy. They will have to reckon with the consequences.”
Former Chief Esposito said he agrees that axing the plainclothes units was a huge mistake.
“Anti-crime (cops) are the crime fighters,” he told WNBC. “These are the folks who get the guns off the street, who get the robbers while the robberies are happening. There is a price to pay here — we’re eliminating all the tools that got us to be the safest city in the county.”
On June 30, the New York City Council voted to slash the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion, CNN reported.
“I am excited to say that we have a plan that can achieve real reform, that can achieve real redistribution, and at the same time ensure that we keep our city safe, and we make sure that our officers are on patrol where we need them around this city,” de Blasio said of the defunding measure, according to The Hill.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:
On Sunday, July 5th, police officers from the 44th Precinct responded to a 911 call for a male shot at Sheridan Avenue and East 170th Street. pic.twitter.com/kiEmmJfuEW
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) July 6, 2020