As a tribute to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s leadership, while struggling to re-open from the COVID-19 pandemic closures, mass unemployment and protests against police violence, New Yorkers unleashed violence on their own by shooting more than 50 fellow New Yorkers and killing 7 during a 3-day gun violence memorial from Friday through Sunday.
Breitbart News reported 20 victims from 12 shootings on Friday. Deshawn Reid, 28-years-old was shout out in front of his Flatbush apartment on Ocean Avenue Friday at 4 p.m. Deshawn was the only victim to die out of the 20. He died from his wounds.
By Sunday morning, Paul Pinkney, 46, was mourning DeShawn Reid’s death when he was shot and killed. Pinkney was lighting candles for Reid. Pinkney was shot in the head two times and pronounced dead at the scene. Pinkney was known as “P-Funk”, a handyman, who did little side jobs here and there, trying to avoid getting sick by the COVID-19.
Tyquasia Davis, 30, the wife of Pinkney’s nephew said:
“He was out her because another young man died over there so he came from the young men’s candle lighting yesterday, right there where a young man died. So, he went to go in and light a candle for him and somebody shot him.”
Davis also said:
“He was loved by everybody.”
NYPD data showed that from midnight Friday to Monday morning, at least 39 shootings occurred involving 51 people. Seven of these victims were killed. On early Sunday, a 47-year-old man was shot and killed in the area of Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) August 17, 2020
Another fatality was New York City corrections officer, John Jeff. He was killed by his own gun. He was leaving from a party in Queens when he was shot 11 times Saturday morning. The shooting occurred while he was looking for a parking spot.
On Saturday afternoon, a man started shooting at a subway rider in one of New York City’s busiest train terminals, Grand Central. The victim was injured, and the suspect was arrested. Tearance Crumpty, 26, was arrested according to NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison.
A crimestoppers tip helped police track Crumpty to Queens. He is facing charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a loaded firearm. The firearm was recovered. Crumpty opened fire on the southbound train No. 4,5, and 6 at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Crumpty and the victim were arguing prior to the shooting. The victim works at Keste, a popular pizza place on Bleecker Street. The restaurant has set up a GoFundMe page for the victim to help his family pay for the medical bills. The victim has worked at Keste Pizza for a long time.
Another five individuals were shot by Monday morning. Four men were shot in Cypress Hills and another man shot in the Upper West Side. None of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries and were treated at the hospital.
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