America’s largest city has been rocked by a spate of shootings in recent days with Mayor Eric Adams – a former police officer who was elected on a pledge to fight crime – vowing to tighten gun control.
Friday’s shooting took place after three officers responded to a call from a mother who was confronted by her son in a Harlem district apartment, police said.
“In a moment, a young 22-year-old life was ended and another forever altered,” Sewell said of the two officers shot in the incident. Adams questioned how the suspect got hold of a firearm.
“We don’t make guns here. How are we removing thousands of guns off the street and they still find their way into New York City, in the hands of people who are killers?” said Adams, a Democrat who took office on January 1. “We’re going to find these guns and we’re going to find those who carry them and use them,” he told reporters.