This morning a suspect in a New York City shooting was shot six times in the chest after the suspect was spotted leaving the erotica book launch party on West 22nd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue in midtown Manhattan. According to witness accounts, several individuals became involved in an oral argument and seemed to quash it and even hugged. Then one party started shooting. One of the gunman crashed his vehicle with a police vehicle after fleeing and during a police pursuit. The suspect will likely face charges of attempted murder, assault in the first degree, reckless driving and criminal possession of a handgun, among others. Our New York City criminal defense lawyers have defended these types of charges in the past.
In Queens, a woman was arrested after shooting a New York City Detective with a pellet gun. Although the detective was not seriously injured, the woman, who is being arraigned in the Queens Criminal Court in Kew Gardens, will likely face felony charges of Assault in the Second Degree. Whenever a garden variety assault occurs and the victim is a police officer, emergency medical technician or a bus driver or transit worker, the victim’s occupation raises the level of the crime to a felony. Bus drivers were recently added to this law. The underlying rationale is that these public employees are a protected class and it signals the New York legislature’s intent to add more serious punishment when the victim is employed in certain occupations.
Our White Plains criminal defense attorneys know that Westchester is no longer just a quiet suburb and many of the Westchester cities such as Yonkers, White Plains, Mount Vernon, Port Chester are now seeing criminal activity that was thought to only occur in New York City. For example, this weekend in Yonkers, there was a car jacking at a local gas station. The victim was held up at gun point and the robbers took his car. Since a gun was involved, this is a high level felony of robbery in the first and if caught the perpetrators face significant jail time.