Six people have been hospitalized after a driver plowed a jeep into a family on a New York City sidewalk, pinning a 34-year-old woman under the car, in what the victims believe was a targeted attack.
The shocking incident unfolded around 2.46am Sunday morning near East 170th street and Sheridan Avenue in the Claremont neighborhood of the Bronx.
Police said the gray Jeep SUV mounted the curb and slammed into the relatives.
Bystanders surrounded the driver before a gunshot rang out close by and the suspect fled the scene by foot.
All six victims were rushed to hospital, with the 34-year-old woman taken to Lincoln Hospital in a critical condition.
The other five victims, a 26-year-old woman, 32-year-old woman and three 16-year-old boys, all suffered minor injuries and are in stable condition.
Six people have been hospitalized after a driver plowed a jeep into a family on a New York City sidewalk (above the scene)
The shocking incident unfolded around 2.46am Sunday morning near East 170th street and Sheridan Avenue in the Claremont neighborhood of the Bronx. Police are seen on the scene
The family told ABC7 they had been celebrating together at a nearby park when the terrifying incident happened.
The group was chatting on the sidewalk when the car ‘came out of nowhere’ and sped toward them, one unnamed relative said.
‘We were just talking normally until a car came out of nowhere and hit us, with no particular reason,’ he told the outlet.
He said he believes the family was deliberately targeted in the attack and dismissed the possibly it was an accident.
‘It wasn’t an accident, because the way they came from, they were speeding up for us,’ he said.
Another witness said the car was speeding toward them at ’60 mph.’
It is not clear if the family have a theory on a possible motive behind the alleged attack or if they know the suspect.
They said the driver was traveling with a passenger who also fled the scene.
Other relatives tried to detain the driver and the passenger as they tried to flee the scene, reported CBS Local.
But the family said when they grabbed hold of the two suspects, shots were fired nearby in what they believed to be a warning sign to let them go.
The driver and the passenger fled and no arrests have been made.
Police said the gray Jeep SUV (seen above) mounted the curb and slammed into the relatives
Debris is seen on the scene. Bystanders surrounded the driver before a gunshot rang out close by and the suspect fled the scene by foot, police said
Firefights and rescue teams worked to free the man and woman pinned beneath the car.
Investigators were on the scene early Sunday with personal affects seen strewn on the sidewalk next to the abandoned car.
An evidence marker was seen next to a shell casing.
Police said neither the shooter nor the suspect have been identified.
The identities of the victims has also not been revealed.
The incident took place in the same area that was the site of a violent daytime shooting Thursday, in which two children narrowly escaped gunfire.
Shocking video shared by the NYPD Friday showed a gunman opening fire on 24-year-old man Hassan Wright around 6.45 pm on Thursday on the sidewalk of Sheridan Avenue.
Wright, who police believe was the intended target, is seen barreling into two young children, a 10-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother, and knocking them down before the gunman ran up and fired multiple times in their direction.
The children miraculously escaped unscathed while Wright was shot multiple times but survived.
All six victims were rushed to hospital, with the 34-year-old woman taken to Lincoln Hospital in a critical condition
The other five victims, a 26-year-old woman, 32-year-old woman and 16-year-old man, all suffered minor injuries and are in stable condition
The gunman ran from the scene and took off with another suspect on a scooter.
The NYPD shared an updated image on social media Saturday night of a person of interest wanted in connection to the shooting as they continue to plead for the public’s help in tracking down the assailants.
Police also released new details about the suspected gunman and the second man who helped him flee the scene on a scooter.
The gunman fired about a dozen shots in total in the brazen broad daylight shooting while the driver of the scooter allegedly dropped him off and picked him up after the shooting.
The first suspect is described as a man with sunglasses who wore all black clothing.
The second is a light-skinned male in a white baseball cap, a red long-sleeved shirt, and dark-colored shorts.
The incident took place on the same avenue that was the site of a violent daytime shooting Thursday, in which two children narrowly escaped gunfire (shocking surveillance footage of that shooting above)
The NYPD shared an updated image on social media Saturday night of a person of interest wanted in connection to the shooting as they continue to plead for the public’s help in tracking down the assailants
NYPD said it doesn’t have a motive for Thursday evening’s brazen attack but believe Wright was the intended target.
The children aren’t related to the victim and were just walking in the area when the shooting started.
The spate of incidents come amid a surge in violent crime in New York, with Governor Andrew Cuomo admitting last month the city is in the throes of a ‘major problem.’
‘New Yorkers don’t feel safe and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is up. It’s not that they are being neurotic or overly sensitive – they are right,’ he said.
NYPD data shows there have been 202 homicides this year through Friday — a 14 percent increase from the same time last year.
Shootings have surged 57 percent so far in 2021, with 661 reported compared to 421 over the same period last year.
Felony assaults are up eight percent, rapes are up by 10 percent and robberies – which includes muggings – have spiked by nearly 40 percent.
Violent crime has been rising throughout New York City, according to NYPD data
Statistics show shooting crimes have been up this year city-wide compared to last year
The rise in violence has sparked fears the city is headed back to the dark days of the 70s and 80s.
Back then, NYC earned the nickname as ‘Fear City’ due to its prevalence of crime an disorder.
In the 1970s, the city faced $10 billion in debt and funds were cut the police, fire and sanitation departments.
All types of crime were up and the city was blanketed in graffiti.
The dark days continued into the 1980s when the crack epidemic ravaged the city.
At its peak, someone was murdered every 63 hours in the worst-hit parts including East New York and Cypress Hill.