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Terrifying moment balaclava-clad man shoots and kills sleeping homeless man an hour after opening fire on another in two cold blooded attacks in Manhattan’s trend Soho neighborhood
The Mayors of New York City and Washington DC have released a closeup photograph of the suspect they believe to be responsible for the killings of two homeless men and shootings of three others, leaving one dead in NYC and one in the nation's capital.
Crystal clear images of the male suspect's face were shared on Monday evening in a joint press conference chaired by NYC Mayor Eric Adams and his DC Counterpart Eric Adams, as well as their respective police chiefs.
The snap of the suspect - which cops refused to comment on further - but which is suspected to have been taken by an ATM camera - is the clearest image yet of a man now feared to be a serial killer.
Video footage of the suspect strolling down a DC street on March 9 - the evening of the murder in that city - have also been shared. At Monday's press conference in New York, cops revealed they suspected the same weapon had been used in the shootings in both cities, thanks to forensic examination of cell casings found at the scenes.
The Mayors of New York City and Washington DC have released a closeup photograph of the suspect they believe to be responsible for the killings of five homeless men, two in New York and three in the nation's capital
A reward of $70,000 has also been made available as law enforcement agencies in both cities work flat out to catch the man with $25,000 coming from the NYPD, $25,000 from Washington's police force and a further $20,000 from the ATF, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, speaking in NYC, warned the killer: 'We're coming for you.'
The D.C. attacks were on March 3, March 8 and March 9. The third was fatal; the victim was found in a burning tent, having been shot and stabbed to death. During Monday's press conference, investigators said they believe the victims were given no warning, and that the killer attacked them without speaking.
After the DC shootings, the suspect is then believed to have struck in New York City over the weekend. One homeless man was shot while he slept in Soho during the early hours of Saturday, March 12 while a second was shot and escaped with his life after waking up.
'Homelessness should not be a homicide. This was a cold blooded attack when you look at the premeditated action of this shooting. It sends a clear, loud message that we need help from the public, from the NYPD, MPCD and ATF,' Mayor Eric Adams said.
Several clear images were released of the map whom police believe is responsible
'Someone knows this person. We're asking for the public to find him. We don't want to lose another resident in this city, in New York or anywhere else. This person is carrying out a premeditative act of shooting innocent people.
'In the shooting in New York he looked around, made sure no-one was there and intentionally took the life of an innocent person. He must be brought to justice. We will bring him to justice. If he's watching we're telling him to turn himself in. This is Unacceptable,' Mayor Adams said.
'The case also highlights the over proliferation of guns in our cities. It is creating an encounter that's causing bloodshed across our nation and it is time to top this sick fixation with guns. There are too many guns on our streets. We need to stop the flow of guns to our streets,' Adams asserted.
'Washington DC is not manufacturing guns. New York is not a gun manufacturing city but the guns are ending up our streets. It is time to end this.'
Investigators say that ballistic evidence that was found at the scenes of the shootings in both cities links the incidents to a single firearm.
Law enforcement authorities are also asking agencies along the East Coast to see if they have any similar unsolved cases.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams answers a question from a reporter during a news conference about recent shootings of homeless people in both New York and Washington, at the John A. Wilson Building in Washington D.C.
New York Mayor Eric Adams listens as Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a news conference
New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell speaks during a news conference about the search for a gunman that has been targeting homeless men sleeping on the streets of Washington, and New York City. From left, New York Mayor Eric Adams, Sewell, Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee, and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser
Images from of shell casings that were recovered and examined in both cities were then entered into ATF's National Integrated Ballistic Information Network and suggested that the same weapon had been used in the killings. It also produced leads based on comparisons of the unique markings on the recovered shell casings.
The link between the two sets of killings and shootings was made by Captain Kevin Kentish, Head of the Homicide Unit in Washington DC.
Kintish, who hails from Queens, New York 'happened to be scrolling through social media and saw the image of the NYC suspect.'
'During that review, he took that image to his team, based upon the similarities, came together with ATF and forensically connected these cases,' Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department Robert Contee said.
The killer's motive remains unknown.
New video footage has been released of the suspect strolling along a street in Washington D.C. has been released
Other images in color show the suspect eating a snack while walking along a street in the nation's capital
NYPD investigators are urgently hunting a serial shooter who shot two homeless men while they slept in the street yesterday in two terrifying, separate attacks that are exemplary of New York's worsening crime crisis.
One of the victims died after being shot in the head and the neck at 6am on 148 Lafayette Street, opposite the exclusive and expensive 11 Howard hotel. It took 12 hours for police to realize he was dead and recover his body - riddled with bullet holes - from the bright yellow sleeping bag he'd been in.
At 4.30am, the killer shot a different homeless man in the arm on nearby King Street. That victim survived and was taken to the hospital.
In the Lafayette Street killing, the suspect was filmed in chilling surveillance footage wearing a black ski mask and black clothing. He was seen prodding the helpless victim and looking around before firing his fatal shots.
In an urgent appeal yesterday, Mayor Eric Adams said: 'Homelessness turning into a homicide. We need to find this person and we need New Yorkers to help us. This is a cold blooded act of murder.'
In the first attack, the 38-year-old victim was asleep on King Street, between Varick Street and Sixth Avenue when the shooter approached him at 5am. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and is expected to survive.
When the shooter fired at him, he woke up and yelled: 'What the hell are you doing?' according to police. The second victim's age is not known but he was described by police as a Hispanic man.
Police are looking for a man who shot two homeless men in Manhattan within hours of one another, killing one
Video shows the suspect walking up to the homeless man and kicking him several times before taking out his weapon
The suspect can be seen looking around to see if anyone was watching before carrying out the horrific act
After prodding the man with his foot several times, the suspect walked up to homeless man and shot him dead
'Homelessness turning into a homicide. We need to find this person and we need New Yorkers to help us,' Mayor Eric Adams said at a press conference on Saturday night.
One of the men was shot at 54 King Street, pictured above (file photo). It is a quiet, residential street in SoHo
The second man was shot and killed at 148 Lafayette Street (file photo). The location is next door to the expensive 11 Howard hotel
'Homelessness turning into a homicide,' Mayor Eric Adams said at a press conference on Saturday night.
'I believe that's what makes this case so horrific, watching the video, watching the individual intentionally walk up to innocent people that are dealing with the challenges of homelessness - and it's quite possible that one of our citizens is still alive merely because he woke up,' Adams said.
During the month of February, the NYPD reported a 58.7 percent increase in total crime. The latest figures showed 9,138 incidents as opposed to 5,759 in 2021 - with double-digit surges in nearly every major category
'And I'm here today to send a very clear message, that all New Yorkers matter.'
'Two individuals were shot while sleeping on the streets, not committing a crime but sleeping on the streets,' said the mayor with an air of disbelief.
Chief Hank Saunter added: 'We're talking about two individuals that are homeless.
'The most vulnerable population in the city right now.'
Police said that they will be out in droves trying to get men and women sleeping on the streets to head to a city shelter for their safety.
Separately, two Museum of Modern Art employees were stabbed by a crazed former member yesterday.
The man had just had his membership revoked, according to the authorities.
He went to the museum yesterday and stabbed two female employees.
The brutal killing comes as the city is reeling from a February crime wave that saw a nearly 60 percent spike in incidents from this same period last year.
The city's latest crime figures show 9,138 incidents in February, as opposed to 5,759 during the same period in 2021 - with double-digit surges in nearly every major category.
There were 32 murders in February, three more than the same month last year.
Multiple other categories saw shocking jumps, including car theft, which soared by nearly 105 percent; grand larceny, which jumped nearly 80 percent over the previous year; robberies, which surged 56 percent; a 44 percent bump in burglaries and a 22 percent spike in assaults. Rapes also saw a terrifying 35 percent rise in February.
The crime wave comes during Adams' first few months in office. The former NYPD cop has vowed to crack down on the influx of incidents on the city's streets and subway system - which has seen a rash of violent incidents in recent weeks. Former Mayor Bill De Blasio's policies contributed to the current crime wave, experts said.
In response to the crime wave, Adams pleaded with lawmakers in Albany recently to consider a controversial bail reform law that would allow judges to consider whether a person is dangerous before releasing them from jail.
Adams wants to see changes in bail reform laws and other criminal justice measures, saying they will bring down crime rates in the city and reduce gun violence.
In February, Adams, who campaigned last year on getting people to get back to work amid the Covid pandemic and cleaning up the crime-ridden subway system, outlined his plans for city bail laws, which can allow for suspects to roam the streets often within hours of an arrest.
'Let's remove the cash bail system, because one should not be able to get out of jail just because you can pay bail. Let's take that away. Judges should look at the case in front of them and say, 'This person has two gun arrests, and he's continually saying to the people of the city that I don't care about the safety of you,'' the mayor said.
'That judge should have the right to make the discretion that this person just be held.'