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Hell’s Kitchen awoke this morning to another shooting, as NYPD reports that gun crime in Manhattan South is at its highest since 1997.
Multiple shots rang out at around 5am today at the corner of W47th Street and 10th Avenue, police reported. Officers from the Midtown North Precinct responded to the shooting after a 911 call. A 24-year old man was shot in the torso. The victim got himself to Mount Sinai West hospital where he was originally reported to be in a life-threatening, critical condition. NYPD now tell us that his condition is stable.
The suspect fled the scene, no arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.
Less than two weeks ago, two men were shot dead on W37th Street at a recording studio. Police are still searching for the suspects in that incident.
According to the NYPD’s CompStat reporting for this year up to May 8, shooting incidents in Manhattan South are now at their highest since 1997.
Leslie Woodruff Blaut, founder of Hell’s Kitchen Families, who lives on W47th Street, said: “My husband Dave heard 10 shots ring out — I stopped counting after five. I thought for sure it was something else — because WHY would there be gunshots at 5am? Far past the normal ‘trouble’ hours.”
She added: “As a parent, I have to stop and reconsider if living here is still the best decision. How do I keep my family safe? If only the terrifying e-bikes and scooters flying past us on the sidewalks were our biggest safety concern. To hear 10 gunshots fired on my block at 5am is literally and figuratively a WAKE UP CALL.”
Sullivan Street Bakery owner Jim Lahey said: “Instead of legislating over a woman’s right to govern her own body, our lawmakers and the Supreme Court should look at how protecting the 2nd Amendment is violating the people’s constitutional rights. Without stringent gun laws, the 2nd Amendment makes zero sense. Guns need regulation, not women’s lives.”