A 16-year-old young man has surrendered to police for the June 27 shooting near the Marriott Hotel in Times Square that left a visiting Marine injured.
The NYPD has confirmed the ongoing developments of the story to Fox News in the early hours of Thursday.
The shooting happened around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. The victim, identified as 21-year-old Samuel Poulin, was injured with a gunshot wound in the back. He is currently in stable condition in the NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue.
The alleged gunman fled eastbound on 45th Street toward 6th Avenue. Police said he is being questioned.
Sources told The New York Post that the suspect has five prior arrests, all of which are sealed.
This incident comes at no surprise after more than 150 people were killed and more than 400 wounded in a “bloody” Fourth of July weekend as many of America’s major cities struggled to address a worsening epidemic of gun violence.
According to CNN, “233 people were killed and 618 people were injured by gun violence in more than 500 shootings across the country during the Fourth of July weekend, a 26% drop from last year’s holiday weekend, according to the latest data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive.”
“According to data released Tuesday morning, which looks at shootings from 5 p.m. Friday through Monday, there were 314 fatal shootings with 751 injuries during the same period last year, the GVA said,” per CNN.
That is what happens when the police are defunded, and stop protecting their communities.
“Although official data has yet to be released by the federal government, a survey of law enforcement agencies in dozens of U.S. cities conducted by the Major Cities Chiefs Association found a higher rate of homicides and aggravated assaults in January through March of 2021 compared with the same time period in 2020,” CBS News said.
Further details have yet to be provided.