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An Asian food delivery man has been stabbed in the back by another cyclist in New York City in a horror attack carried out in broad daylight as the United States struggles with the rising violent crime wave gripping the country with four mass shootings this weekend alone.
The latest attack in New York was carried out on Sunday afternoon as the victim was making a food delivery in Brooklyn.
Surveillance video captured the moment the suspect cycled after the delivery man, pulled out a huge knife and stabbed the victim in the back.
The suspect fled the scene as the victim crashed to the ground in the middle of the street. Police said the victim was treated in hospital for a 'non-life-threatening puncture wound' to his lower back.
Police are investigating it as a hate crime given the victim's race and how attacks on Asians have surged this year.
It is just the latest in a series of vicious attacks across the country as mayors struggle to deal with rising crime as they work to revive the cities devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic in the last year.
An Asian food delivery man was stabbed in the back by another cyclist (above) with a knife in Brooklyn, New York, in a horror attack carried out in broad daylight on Sunday afternoon
Surveillance video captured the moment the suspect cycled after the delivery man, pulled out a huge knife and stabbed the victim in the back
The NYPD have now set up a command post and metal barriers in Midtown Manhattan in a bid to crack down on violent crime that is being fueled, in part, by an illegal drug market between Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Police say crime has spiked in that area, which is surrounded by hotels and offices, after hundreds of homeless were rehoused there because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The stretch of Eighth Avenue between Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal is close to Times Square and its hotels. Business leaders estimate that about 1,300 homeless people were relocated from shelters to hotels in that area amid the pandemic.
In that area alone, crime data shows there has been 174 assaults, 150 robberies and four shootings that left two tourists injured between January and May this year.
Separately, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday downplayed the violence and chaos that has been occurring Washington Square Park in recent weeks that has seen people partying until the early hours of the morning.
'We've had some particular issues for a limited period of time in Washington Square Park and there's been an effort to figure out the right approach,' he said.
Elsewhere across the country this weekend, one of 14 people shot in a mass shooting in Austin has since died of their injuries; one man was killed and seven injured in a drive-by shooting in Savannah; three men were killed in Cleveland; and a woman was gunned down in Chicago.
Murders are also currently up 60 percent in Atlanta compared to last year.
Police fear the explosion of shootings and violent crimes in recent months is a long term trend rather than just a blip.
In Austin, 25 year-old IT worker Douglas John Kantor died in hospital on Sunday after he was one of 14 people shot at random on a street packed with bars hours earlier.
Kantor, who was a tourist from New York, was shot through the abdomen when shots rang out at about 1.30am on Saturday in the Sixth Street area when two men opened fire on each other.
The suspect fled the scene as the victim crashed to the ground in the middle of the street. Police said the victim was treated in hospital for a 'non-life-threatening puncture wound' to his lower back
The NYPD have now set up a command post and metal barriers in Midtown Manhattan in a bid to crack down on violent crime that is being fueled, in part, by an illegal drug market between Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal. Police say crime has spiked in that area after hundreds of homeless were rehoused there in hotels during COVID
A heavy police presence was found outside the Holiday Inn Hotel on Eighth Ave between 38th and 39th Street on Monday
The NYPD have now set up a command post and metal barriers in Midtown Manhattan in a bid to crack down on violent crime
Police said that most of the wounded people were innocent bystanders and that the fight appeared to be 'an isolated incident between two parties'.
One suspect in the shooting has already been taken into custody while the other remains at large.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler called Kantor's death 'tragic' and noted that the United States had undergone four mass shootings in the span of six hours over the weekend.
'We must do more to prevent gun violence in this country. This should never happen,' Adler said in the statement.
In Savannah, 20-year-old Arthur Milton was killed and seven were injured - including an 18 month-old toddler and 13 year-old - in a mass drive-by shooting on Friday night.
Savannah Police Chief Roy Minter Jr said gunfire broke out following a dispute between two families at an apartment complex earlier this week.
'It's very disturbing what we're seeing across the country and the level of gun violence that we're seeing across the country. It's disturbing and it's senseless,' Minter Jr said.
Separately, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday downplayed the violence and chaos that has been occurring Washington Square Park in recent weeks
Scores of revelers gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday and partied well into the night as police declined to enforce a midnight curfew
Three men were also killed in a shooting at a gas station in Cleveland in the early hours of Saturday.
Two of the victims were aged 40 and the third was 36. Three other women were injured.
One of the dead victims was named as Rahim Head by his grief-stricken mother Brenda Cole.
Speaking outside the gas station in the city's Buckhead area where her son died, Cole said her son had seven kids. She answered 'I don't know,' through tears when asked if she knew more about what had led to the shooting.
Police have not shared details of that shooting.
A 29-year-old woman was also killed and nine others injured in a shooting in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood in the early hours of Saturday.
The Chicago attack involved two male shooters who escaped on foot afterwards and have not been identified.
Meanwhile, homicides are up nearly 60 percent in Atlanta in the first six months of the year compared to 2020.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has referred to the spike in her city as a 'COVID crime wave.'
AUSTIN: In Austin, 25 year-old IT worker Douglas John Kantor died in hospital on Sunday after he was one of 14 people shot at random on a street packed with bars hours earlier.
AUSTIN: Kantor, who was a tourist from New York, was shot through the abdomen when shots rang out at about 1.30am on Saturday in the Sixth Street area when two men opened fire on each other. Doug Kantor pictured with his high school sweetheart Adrianna Esposito
CHICAGO: A 29-year-old woman was also killed and nine others injured in a shooting in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood in the early hours of Saturday
CHICAGO: A woman was also shot dead in Chicago on Saturday, with nine others injured in the same gun attack. Victims are pictured being transported to hospital
She had previously admitted in December she doesn't know how to stop the alarming wave of violence.
Andrew Worrell, a 41-year-old father of three, was injured last week while out jogging in Atlanta's wealthiest neighborhood of Buckhead by a mentally ill man who police say also opened fire on two others and mowed down a neighbor with his car.
Gaelen Newsom, 22, was charged with attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of possession of a firearm over the incident.
His wife, Annie, later told Fox News that residents are fleeing the area 'because they feel unsafe' amid growing calls for the community to secede from the city and get its own police force.
Chuck Wexler, who runs the Police Executive Research Forum, said he believes the recent crime wave across the country is part of a long-term trend.
'There was a hope this might simply be a statistical blip that would start to come down,' Wexler said.
'That hasn't happened. And that's what really makes chiefs worry that we may be entering a new period where we will see a reversal of 20 years of declines in these crimes.'
It comes as police retirements have risen by 45 percent in the past year, with officers opting out of forces across the country amid Black Lives Matter demonstrations that fueled anti-cop rhetoric.
The alarming statistic was revealed by the Police Executive Research Forum on Sunday, with the organization also revealing that resignations rose by 18 percent during the same twelve month period.
CLEVELAND: Three men were also killed in a shooting at a gas station in Cleveland in the early hours of Saturday
CLEVELAND: Rahim Head, a 36 year-old father of seven, was one of three men killed at a shooting at a gas station in Cleveland, Ohio, in the early hours of Saturday
'It is an evolving crisis,' Wexler told The New York Times, adding that police forces are also struggling to attract new recruits.
Anti-police sentiment was sparked by the murder of George Floyd by white cop Derick Chauvin in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
It prompted some politicians to say they were in favor of abolishing or defunding police forces across the United States. Commissioners claimed that rhetoric caused a spike in violent crime and led officers to feel betrayed by their elected officials.
New York City, for instance, saw large-scale BLM marches during which some participants threw bottles at police and set their patrol cars on fire.
Mayor Bill de Blasio subsequently slashed $1 billion from the NYPD's operating budget, despite a surge in shootings and murders.
In 2020, 2,600 New York Cops handed in their resignations - almost double the 1,509 resignations clocked the year before.
It was a similar story in many police departments in large and mid-size cities around the nation.
In Portland, Oregon, 69 officers resigned and 75 retired between April 2020 and April 2021. That was in comparison to 27 resignations and 14 retirements the year before.
In Seattle, Washington, resignations almost quadrupled to 123 from 34 and retirements more than doubled to 96 from 43.
Meanwhile, in Asheville, North Carolina, Police Chief David Zack told The Times that he had lost about one-third of staff to resignation and retirement.
'Certainly with the way that police have been portrayed and vilified in some cases, they have decided that it is not the life for them,' he said.