NEW YORK – One person was killed and three others were wounded on Saturday by a man riding an illegal scooter in multiple connected shootings in two New York City boroughs, authorities said.
Shooter charged, deceased victim identified
Update 7:18 p.m. EDT July 9: Thomas Abreu, 25, was taken into custody by police on Saturday. On Sunday he was charged with murder, attempted murder, and criminal possession of a weapon, WABC-TV reported.
A 9 mm handgun with an extended magazine and a scooter were recovered.
The man who was killed was identified as Hamoo Saeidi, 86, according to the television station. He was found with a gunshot wound in his back in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens. Saeidi later died at a hospital, WCBS-TV reported.
Original report: Police said a 25-year-old suspect is in custody.
The first shooting happened around 11 a.m. EDT in the Cypress Hills neighborhood of Brooklyn, WABC-TV reported.
Police said a 21-year-old man was walking and was wounded in the shoulder, according to WNBC-TV. He was taken to an area hospital with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening, the television station reported.
Seventeen minutes later, the same gunman allegedly shot an 87-year-old man in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens, WPIX-TV reported. The man was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital, according to the television station.
Another shooting occurred at 11:35 a.m. EDT at 126th Street and Hillside Avenue, WABC reported. A 44-year-old man suffered a bullet wound to his face and is in critical condition, according to the television station.
Two minutes later, a 63-year-old man was shot in the shoulder. He was also taken to Jamaica Hospital with serious injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening, WNBC reported.
“We don’t know the motive. It seems that this is actually random,” said Joseph Kenny, the assistant chief in the New York Police Department’s Detective Bureau, according to CNN. “At this time, video shows that he’s not targeting anybody, he’s not following anybody. As he’s driving on his scooter, he’s randomly shooting people.”
The suspect was apprehended by police just after 1 p.m., according to WABC.
“A firearm was recovered in the scooter — a 9 mm pistol and extended magazine,” Acting Police Commissioner Edward A. Caban said during a news conference. “Given the violence this person was going to carry out, I want to extend my deepest thanks to all the men and women in the NYPD.
“Our hearts go out to each of the family members affected by this act of violence.”
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