Baby Shot in The Face in New York

Published January 20th, 2022 - 08:43 GMT
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A vigil for the victims of a shooting in San Jose, California, on 27 May 2021. Photograph: Amy Osborne/AFP/Getty Images

A baby girl in the Bronx was in a critical condition on Wednesday night after being caught in crossfire and shot in the face.

The child is the latest victim of a surging wave of violence, which the new mayor, Eric Adams, is determined to curtail. 

The 11-month-old girl was sitting in a car with her mother, 32, in Fordham Manor at 6:45pm when gunfire rang out.

Footage shows a male suspect running from another man, past a deli. He is pursued, and the second man began shooting at him. 

During an exchange of fire, the baby was shot in the left cheek, Her mother was unharmed.

One of the gunmen is caught on camera fleeing on foot, back past the deli, and they both remain at large.

The little girl, who turns one on Friday, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical but stable condition, before being transferred to Columbia Presbyterian.

Adams visited the child and her mother on Wednesday night in hospital, his spokesman said. 

The 52nd Precinct tweeted: 'Due to Police activity, please avoid the vicinity of East 198 Street between Bainbridge and Grand Concourse. 

'Expect Emergency vehicles and delays in the area.'

The shooting came as the newly-minted mayor struggles to get a grip on violence in the city.

Adams, a former NYPD officer, was elected on a campaign promise to reduce soaring crime, but in the first two weeks of his term shootings have continued to rise.

There have been 52 shootings in the week to January 16, with 57 victims - an increase of 15.6 percent on 2021.

Total crime is up 35 percent, year on year, according to CompStat.  

At the scene on Wednesday night, Adams described the shooting as a 'wake up call' and said: 'I refuse to surrender New York City to violence.'

The 61-year-old tweeted: 'An 11-month-old baby shot in the Bronx. 

'If that's not a wake up call, I don't know what is. 

'It should be unimaginable that this would happen in our city. But it did. 

'Leaders at every level have abandoned city streets. I won't. I refuse to surrender New York City to violence.'

Adams added: 'We will not give up the fight to keep babies like her safe.'

He appealed for anyone with information to get in touch. 

On Tuesday night, Adams addressed a Times Square vigil for a 40-year-old Deloitte executive who died on Saturday when a mentally ill homeless man pushed her into the path of an oncoming train.

Adams said the violence has to stop.

'Right here in Times Square, I served as a police officer, and spent many days in the early '80s wearing a blue uniform as a police officer - a transit police officer, watching where we were,' he told the crowd.

'Swearing and committed that we would never go back.'

The vigil was organized by Asians Fighting Injustice, and founder Eric Wei told the New York Post the group is demanding that City Hall set up an Asian-American task force to address ongoing concerns over anti-Asian violence. 

Anti-Asian crime was up 361 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, with 129 anti-Asian crimes, according to the NYPD - and 183 anti-Semitic crimes. 

Simon Martial, 61, who was well known to police, has been arrested for shoving Go. 

It is unknown if her racial background was a factor in the 9:40am attack on Saturday, but police suggested it was random. 

Martial - who admitted to killing her - ranted publicly after his arrest that he was God, and was allowed to do it. 

Adams on Sunday sparked widespread anger by seeming to downplay the concerns of subway riders. 

'New Yorkers are safe on the subway system,' he said. 

'I think it's about 1.7 percent of the crimes in New York City that occur on the subway system.

'Think about that for a moment. What we must do is remove the perception of fear.' 

On Tuesday, before the vigil, he backtracked and admitted there was a problem - reversing his previous stance.

'Day One, January 1, when I took the train, I saw the homelessness, the yelling, the screaming early in the morning, crimes right outside the platform,' he said, during an in-person City Hall press briefing. 

'We know we have a job to do — and we're going to do both. 

'We're going to drive down crime, and we're going to make sure New Yorkers feel safe in our subway system. 

'And they don't feel that way now. I don't feel that way when I take the train every day, or when I'm moving throughout our transportation system.' 

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