The gun violence that left three teens dead, including a 13-year-old, within five days is part of a ‘major gang war’ that has been raging in the Bronx as frustrated cops say their hands are tied by a ‘soft’ criminal justice system that doesn’t keep them in jail.
Just before midnight on Wednesday, 19-year-old Tyquill Daugherty was shot in the head in front of his home in the Crotona section of the Bronx.
Investigators believe Daugherty’s killing was gang-related.
In retaliation, authorities say Jaryan ‘Jay Ripp’ Elliot, 13, was standing outside Angels Café with a friend on East 187th Street in the Bronx’s Belmont neighborhood at around 3.15pm on Sunday when he was gunned down.
The gunman approached Elliot in a black vehicle, stepped out and began firing, hitting him once in the chest and once in the leg, police said.
He is believed to have been the intended target.
Tyquill Daugherty, 19, was shot and killed before midnight on Wednesday. He was shot in the head in front of his home in the Crotona section of the Bronx. Investigators believe it was a gang-related shooting
In retaliation, authorities say Jaryan ‘Jay Ripp’ Elliot (above), 13, was standing outside Angels Café with a friend on East 187th Street in the Bronx’s Belmont neighborhood at around 3.15pm on Sunday when he was gunned down. The gunman approached Elliot in a black vehicle, stepped out and began firing, hitting him once in the chest and once in the leg, police said
The image above shows surveillance footage from inside the cafe on Sunday
Less than nine hours after Elliot was killed, gang-bangers took revenge for his murder by targeting Ramon Gil-Medrano (above), 16, about a mile away, according to the Post
Elliot, who was said to have been a member of the Crips, was taken to Barnabas Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The boy was believed to be at the scene when Daugherty was shot last week, though investigators do not believe he pulled the trigger.
‘We can’t keep them in [jail], and they’re going after each other,’ a police source told the New York Post.
A city prosecutor told the Post: ‘They don’t go to jail, so they do robberies, get in fights and carry guns.
‘Life on the streets in 2021.’
Elliott, who just graduated from middle school, had a lengthy criminal record including charges of robbery and assault.
Less than nine hours after Elliot was killed, gang-bangers took revenge for his murder by targeting Ramon Gil-Medrano, 16, about a mile away, according to the Post.
Two males riding scooters pulled up near Gil-Medrano in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx and fatally shot him, according to investigators.
Gil-Medrano, who was linked to the 800 YGz (Young Gunnaz) gang, was at the scene of Elliot’s killing, though it is unclear if he pulled the trigger.
At the time Gil-Medrano was killed, he was wanted by police for an armed carjacking.
There were at least three open cases against Gil-Medrano in family court, according to police.
‘What a joke,’ a police source told the Post, accusing the criminal justice system of failing to keep dangerous criminals off the street.
‘Any other time, he’d have been sitting in Rikers Island.’
The source added: ‘It’s just ridiculous. It just shows you how bad it is.’
Police are pictured at the scene of a shooting where 13-year-old Jaryan Elliot was killed in the Bronx on Sunday. It was one of six shootings reported around the city in the span of 14 hours
The gunman approached Jaryan in a black vehicle, stepped out and began firing, hitting him once in the chest and once in the leg, police said
An NYPD official examines the scene of the shooting outside Angels Café on East 187th Street in the Belmont neighborhood on Sunday
A New York City police officer took photos of the crime scene on Sunday
A police source told the Post that gangsters took revenge for Elliot’s death because ‘he was crazy and admired by all the gang members, a modern-day Baby Face.’
Baby Face is a reference to Lester Gillis Nelson, the 1930s-era gangster whose nickname stemmed from his youthful appearance.
‘People on social media [were] vowing revenge for his murder,’ a law enforcement official said of Elliot.
A Bronx-based police officer told the Post: ‘There is a major gang war going on in The Bronx with three teenagers killed in less than a week.
‘Everybody is walking around with a gun because they are more afraid of getting shot than getting arrested.’
The shootings come amid a citywide increase in crime, as more violent attacks occur in public places in the broad daylight.
Shooting and murder rates are up in New York City, according to the NYPD
Elliot’s shooting took place within a 14-hour window that saw two other people killed and six others injured in six separate shootings around the Big Apple as the city’s violent summer drags on.
Hours before Elliot was killed, an unnamed 19-year-old victim was fatally shot in Queens early Sunday morning.
Minutes after midnight, police responded to reports of shots fired on Quencer Road in St. Albans, where they discovered the victim with a bullet wound to the left thigh.
He was transferred to Jamaica Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
About an hour later, a triple shooting in Brooklyn left three male victims, between 33 and 58 years old, suffering various gunshot wounds to their lower extremities on Fulton Avenue around 1.10am.
The victims were taken to Kings County Hospital where they are currently in stable condition.
Police said they are searching for a male suspect in his late 30s in connection with that shooting.
On Sunday, Chief Rodney Harrison, chief of department of the New York Police Department, tweeted that Elliot was ‘the intended target’ of a gang-related shooting adding: ‘Gang violence is plaguing #NYC and has to stop
New York City Democratic mayoral nominee also took to Twitter to comment on the shootings, referring to the incident as ‘sickening.’
A fourth shooting took place in the Bronx at around 4am Sunday where a man and a woman were each shot in the arm on Jerome Avenue.
Eight hours later, a fifth shooting occurred in Harlem, where a 47-year-old man was shot in the groin by an unidentified male suspect.
Following that shooting, an individual was shot in the leg at Pitkin Avenue and Amboy Street. Police have not yet identified the victim’s age, nor have they announced any arrests for either shootings.
NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison took to Twitter to address Jaryan’s shooting, saying he was the ‘intended target’ and adding: ‘Gang violence is plaguing #NYC and has to stop.
New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams also took to Twitter to comment on the shootings, referring to Jaryan’s murder as ‘sickening’.
‘Ending gun violence must be our priority. Tonight we pray for his family. Tomorrow we must find his killer & get this gun off the street,’ Adams added.
The recent shootings come a day before Adams, a retired NYPD captain, travels to Washington to meet with President Biden to discuss curbing gun violence.
As of July 4, there have been 765 shootings throughout the city since the year began, with 886 shooting victims, according to NYPD’s crime statistics. Pictured is this photo, NYPD investigate the scene outside Angels Café where 13-year-old Jaryan Elliot was shot
Last week, New York became the first state in the nation to declare gun violence an emergency as Gov. Cuomo pointed the finger at the manufacturers of weapons as one of the main reasons behind the spate of shootings and killings that is at its highest level since the early 2000s
Crime rates have been rising throughout the city, with the NYPD reporting last week that crime rates in June rose 3.1 percent over the same month last year, with a 32.3 percent increase in grand larceny and a 16 percent increase in robberies.
So far this year there have been 765 shooting incidents – up 37.8 percent from last year’s total of 555. There have been 886 shooting victims, up from 670 in 2020.
There have been 217 murders so far this year, up 8.5 percent from last year, according to NYPD’s crime statistics.
In May, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the rise in crime a ‘major problem,’ and said unless the NYPD gets a handle on it, the city would become undesirable.
‘New Yorkers don’t feel safe, and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is up,’ he said. ‘It’s not that they’re being neurotic or overly sensitive – they’re right.’
However, critics have claimed it is ‘political grandstanding’ and that an increase in gun violence is caused by soft crime policies
Weapon manufacturers could face a lawsuit for harming the public by failing to take steps to prevent firearms from being sold unlawfully in New York, for instance. Pictured in this photo, NYPD investigate the scene outside Angels Café where 13-year-old Jaryan Elliot was shot Sunday afternoon
New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea has previously blamed the surge in crime to the city council’s decision last year to slash the police department’s funding by $1 billion, and reallocate the money to education and social services.
Now, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the NYPD would boost payments for anonymous tips from $2,500 to $3,500 in an effort to combat the string of shootings and homicides.
And just last week, New York became the first state in the nation to declare gun violence an emergency as Gov. Cuomo pointed the finger at the manufacturers of weapons as one of the main reasons behind the spate of shootings and killings that is at its highest level since the early 2000s.
Cuomo targeted manufacturers of guns in a speech last Tuesday, with a bill allowing the New York Attorney General to sue them in some circumstances, and announced almost $139million in investment to reduce the rapidly-rising death toll.
Weapon manufacturers could face a lawsuit for harming the public by failing to take steps to prevent firearms from being sold unlawfully in New York, for instance.
The announcement comes ahead of next year’s election, where he is expected to launch a reelection campaign to stay in office.