Nemo was able to shut down power, the Long Island Expressway and most of the news over the weekend. But, somehow, it apparently couldn’t prevent the unfortunate plague of crime in New York City.
The first shooting victim came Friday night during the apex of the snowstorm. At a baby shower up on East 165th Street, a 20-year-old man was fatally shot just after midnight as the blizzard began to weather down on the City. Also, the man’s cousin was shot but is currently in critical condition. There’s video surveillance that shows the attackers but the police told the New York Post that no one has been charged yet with the shootings.
The violence continued into Saturday night.
At around 8:50pm, a 19-year-old man was found with two fatal gun wounds in his back at a bodega in Brooklyn. Once again, the cops are still unsure what happened while no arrests have been made. And then three hours later, a 54-year-old man was found dead at a motel in Elmhurst. The officials on the scene determined it was homicide and could be the result of a strangling.
And we haven’t even mentioned the other shootings that went down this weekend yet.
The night before the storm hit, there were two non-fatal shootings that occurred just hours between each other. First, at midnight on Friday, a man was shot in the shoulder Uptown; then, up in the Bronx, a man was shot in the leg. Both cases: no arrests, pending investigations.
On Saturday night, mid-blizzard, a 15-year-old kid in Harlem was physically restrained for shooting a 22-year-old man twice in the leg. The youth was found with a Bryco Arms .380 firearm (Gothamist has a photo of the weapon here) and charged with assault, possessing that damn gun and resisting arrest after a few officers had to hold him down.
Mother Nature, maybe the blizzard wasn’t a good idea.