NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The shooting at the Waldorf Astoria Saturday is just one of several gun incidents this weekend in New York and has many New Yorkers worried that the Big Apple is turning into “Gun City.”
At least five violent incidents involving gunfire have happened around the city this weekend, CBS2’s Steve Langford reports.
This includes the incident at the iconic Waldorf Astoria, an armed robber in Queens shot dead and a security guard shot in the leg during a convenience store robbery.
Just last night five young men were shot on Creston Avenue in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx, one of the victims, shot in the chest, is in critical condition, Langford reported.
Mayor Bill de Blasio was feeling the heat at the Puerto Rican Day parade Sunday when faced with crime stats from the past week that compare badly with the same period last year.
“We take each and every one these situations very seriously — each one represents a human life, we’re going to turn the tide,” de Blasio said.
There have been 36 shootings this week versus 21 a year ago — as well as seven murders in NYC this week compared to five last year.
This all comes as the city re-launched its “Summer All Out” targeted anti-violence program — adding 330 officers to high crime precincts.
Earlier this week, residents spoke to CBS2’s Marcia Kramer about expressing concern for their safety. One woman started carrying mace — even to go to the grocery store.