“We’re coming for you!”
That’s the message New York Mayor Eric Adams and Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser conveyed, together with their prime cops to the prime suspect in two murders and three tried homicides concentrating on homeless males in each cities as they unveiled a brand new high-resolution photograph of the alleged gunman.
Additionally, the officers disclosed, all 5 of the shootings have been linked to the identical gun through the afternoon press convention within the nation’s capital — and that the dying of a sixth homeless man in Manhattan over the weekend was not linked to the spree.
“We don’t want to lose another resident in this city, in New York, or anyone else,” stated Adams. “This person is carrying out a premeditated act of shooting innocent people.”
Washington D.C.’s police chief, Robert Contee IIIl, vowed the killer can be caught.
“Turn yourself in. We’re coming for you. That’s the bottom line,” Contee stated. “Our reach is far and wide and we’re coming for you.”
The reward for the shooter’s identification and arrest is now $70,000 — $25,000 apiece from every metropolis and one other $20,000 from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The two mayors have been additionally joined by NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
“We’re sharing information because we have a perpetrator who is mobile, who has struck in at least two major United States cities,” Sewell stated.
The new photograph of the suspect was nabbed from a digicam on an ATM machine, which officers stated was taken not too long ago, however they refused to present anymore particulars about when or the place the picture was taken.
The imagery from the crime scenes in each cities has performed a vital position in linking the circumstances collectively, cops instructed reporters.
“As a result of a ton of video and camera footage that we’ve been able to review, that is, eventually, what has led us to our suspect,” Contee stated.
During the press convention, officers additionally disclosed they believed only one gun had been utilized in the entire shootings — having linked ballistics between least one taking pictures in every metropolis.
“We’re looking at a person who’s clearly depraved and targeting people who are vulnerable,” Bowser stated.
Additionally, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig clarified that the dying of a 3rd homeless man over the weekend — feared to be the shooter’s six sufferer — had died from different causes.
However, officers emphasised that a lot remained unsure within the investigation.
They refused to say if they’d been ready to seize probably figuring out data from the ATM and reiterated they have been nonetheless working to uncover how and when he traveled from Washington to the 5 boroughs.
The first assault linked to the horrific spree occurred on March 3 in Washington, which was adopted by two extra shootings there, one among which was deadly.
It’s unclear when the gunman traveled to New York.
But almost two weeks later, on Saturday, a safety digicam in SoHo caught the chilling photos of the killer approaching and taking pictures a homeless man on King Street round 4:30 a.m., wounding the sufferer.
An hour later, cameras on Lafayette Street captured him kicking a homeless man wrapped in a sleeping bag, earlier than drawing his gun and firing — an execution at point-blank vary.