Lone Gunman Goes On Killing Rampage

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On Saturday (July 8) morning in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, a gunman riding a scooter shot four victims, according to authorities.

Around 11:10 a.m., near Cypress Hills, the 25-year-old male suspect shot a 21-year-old man in the shoulder, launching an hours-long rampage.

A little over 20 minutes later, the shooter shot and killed an 87-year-old man on Jamaica Avenue close to 108th Street.

After being taken to Jamaica Hospital, the elderly man died from injuries. Police claim that the shooter also fired erratically at a crowd of people on 108th Street, but no one was hurt.

Near 126th Street, a 44-year-old man was reportedly shot in the cheek and taken to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

A 63-year-old man was shot in the shoulder on 134th Street and was taken to the hospital with significant but not life-threatening wounds.

Less than two hours after the gunfire started, the suspect was reportedly taken into custody close to 94th Avenue. Police claimed the man had been arrested once before in the city.

Every street patrol officer in New York City received images of the suspect from the NYPD. Officers apprehended him and seized the scooter, extra magazines, and semiautomatic weapon.

Authorities claimed at a press conference that the shooter had been riding an illegal scooter without a valid license plate. Joseph Kenny, an assistant chief, added that the attack seemed random, given that the victims’ backgrounds and demographics are diverse.

Kenny added that the footage demonstrated that the gunman wasn’t targeting anyone specifically but shooting randomly.