De Blasio's New York: 1-Year-Old Baby Shot in Stomach During Cookout
The latest tragedy comes as increased violence continues to spike in New York
As soaring gun crime continues to ravage New York City, one of the latest and youngest victims is a one-year-old baby who was shot in the stomach during a cookout at a Brooklyn area park on Sunday.
Tragically, the baby succumbed to the injuries, authorities confirmed Monday.
The latest tragedy comes as increased violence continues to spike in New York as Mayor Bill de Blasio and city officials move to defund the NYPD.
The incident occurred around 11:35 p.m. in front of Raymond Bush Playground on Madison Street and Marcus Garvey Boulevard in Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to The New York Post.
Among those hit by gunfire also included three men aged 27, 35, and 36 during the apparent shootout.
“As many as three suspects drove up in a dark-colored SUV and parked in front of the victims,” the Post reported.
“They then hopped out of the vehicle and opened fire," sources said.
But the infant was pronounced dead around 2:30 a.m. after being rushed to Maimonides Medical Center.
On the same night, two boys aged 12 and 15, were injured from separate shootings in Harlem and Brooklyn.
The news of the tragic shooting of the baby came as progressive Rep Alexandria Ocasio0Cortez claimed that the surging violence was happening simply because people are “scared to pay their rent” due to high unemployment.
"Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren't paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent, and so they go out, and they need to feed their child, and they don't have money," Ocasio-Cortez said.
"So they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry.”
AOC on increased NYC crime: "Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren't paying their rent & are scared to pay their rent & so they go out & they need to feed their child & they don't have money so... they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry." pic.twitter.com/oHSTWWJZ6a— The Hill (@thehill) July 12, 2020
AOC's comments came following NYPD cutbacks and continuous calls by far-left activists to “defund the police."
Last month de Blasio announced the cuts from the $6 billion police budget and, instead, diverting the money to social services.
But in the same month, shootings spanning just over 90 minutes in the city included an 11-year-old boy who was shot while playing outside of his home in Flatbush.
Earlier this month, another incident saw a father shot dead in front of his 6-year-old daughter during a public execution on the streets of New York City.
Video shows the man gunned down as he walks in NYC with his young child.
The footage depicts yet another brutal killing in New York as violence continues to soar under Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio's leadership.
According to The New York Post, citing police statistics, there were three times as many shootings in the Big Apple during the last two weeks of June as during the same period in 2019.