New York City Mayor Eric Adams has asked the community for help identifying a serial shooter who shot at least two homeless people at point blank range as they braved frigid Winter temperatures on city streets on Saturday night.
“Homelessness turning into a homicide. We need to find this person and we need New Yorkers to help us,” Adams said at a Saturday night press conference.
Surveillance video showed the suspect approaching a sleeping homeless man at about 5am Saturday morning outside 54 King Street and opened fire on him. The victim awoke and asked “What are you doing?” at which time the assailant fled. That victim is expected to survive his injuries.
A second surveillance video shows the same suspect approaching another homeless man outside 148 Lafayette Street, kicking the sleeping man as he lay inside his sleeping bag, and looking around to check whether anyone else was nearby. The suspect is then seen shooting the sleeping man in the head and fleeing the scene.
City police are canvassing the area to determine whether any other homeless individuals were targeted by the unknown gunman, and authorities are still searching for the suspect.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST