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6-year-old boy, his mother, and 3 others shot at street festival in Brooklyn

A 6-year-old boy and his mother were among the five people shot during a Caribbean holiday street celebration in Brooklyn, New York.

The mother and the child were exiting a cab shortly before 3 a.m. Monday when shots rang out and they were struck, police said. The police believed the attack was gang-related, but had not determined who was being targeted.

The boy was shot in the leg and hospitalized, and he is expected to recover from the gun wound. The other victims were also treated at Kings County Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

J’ouvert is a traditional street party brought over to the United States by immigrants from the Caribbean islands. The celebration was supposed to be virtual this year over the coronavirus pandemic concerns, but hundreds showed up anyway to celebrate.

Police apprehended two suspects — a 15-year-old and a 21-year-old — and recovered two guns at the scene of the crime, WCBS-TV reported.

Terence Monahan, the NYPD’s chief of department, indicated in a tweet that the investigation into the incident was ongoing, and police encouraged the public to contact them with any information that might be useful.

“People did take advantage of this historic event, and were out here engaging and having a good time,” said Rodney Harrison, the NYPD chief of detectives.

“I’m sure you can understand that the 6-year-old was not the intended target,” he added, “but we’re still trying to find out exactly what happened.”

WCBS-TV obtained surveillance video showing partygoers ducking for cover and running frantically after the shots rang out.

One woman told WCBS that she witnessed the shooting.

“Only reason she was over here was because her daughter wasn’t answering the phone. After she spoke to her daughter, they were walking right here, and that’s when three shots went off,” she said.

“I saw the little boy on the floor full of blood, and I ran,” she added.

The NYPD told WCBS that there had been 17 shootings with 17 victims over the weekend. Three of those victims died from their gunshot injuries.

Here’s the WCBS news report about the incident:

Child Shot As Crowd Gathers To Celebrate J’Ouvert

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AOC says spike in NYC crime could be caused by people ‘who need to shoplift some bread’

New York City has experienced a surge in violent crime in recent weeks, including a 200% increase in shootings between June 15 and July 2 of this year, compared to the same time in 2019. Over the July 4th holiday weekend, 64 people were shot, and 11 died from their gunshot wounds. In the last four weeks, New York City has seen an increase in shootings compared to last year.

There was one especially heartbreaking shooting caught on video of a father gunned down in broad daylight while walking hand-in-hand with his 6-year-old daughter in the Bronx.

But it isn’t just gun violence troubling the Big Apple. In the past two weeks, there was a grisly knife attack in the subway and a stabbing in Brooklyn.

Following the George Floyd protests against police brutality, the New York Police Department disbanded its plainclothes unit, which has been involved in a disproportionate number of fatal officer-involved shootings.

Last week, an NYPD cop shared a video mocking the new and overly cautious policing tactics being implemented in New York City following the nationwide protests against police brutality.

In early June, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he is moving “resources from the NYPD to youth and social services as part of our City’s budget.”

Mayor de Blasio proposed cutting nearly $1 billion from the NYPD. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) scoffed at the proposal, calling it a “disingenuous illusion.” She said, “Defunding police means defunding police.”

On Thursday during a virtual town hall, Ocasio-Cortez talked about the “uptick in crime” in New York City. She pointed out that the cuts to NYPD hasn’t happened yet, and there is still an increase in crime.

AOC proposed some theories for the crime wave, and asked: “Do we think this has to do with the fact that there’s record unemployment in the United States right now?” Ocasio-Cortez continued, “The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession.”

The Democratic socialist hypothesized that the increase in NYC violence could stem from rent demands and people shoplifting bread.

“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so you… maybe have to… they’re put in a position… they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”

According to the NYPD crime data, petit larceny, stealing of personal property that has a value less than $1,000, was down 7.5% compared to last year. However, murder was up 27.1% and shooting incidents were up 53.5%.

Ocasio-Cortez also speculated that the skyrocketing crime could be caused because “unemployment provisions have not been given to everyone.” She also suggested that the crime may have increased because “some people still have not been given their stimulus check yet.”