EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) — The NYPD is searching for a suspect who shot a homeless man while he slept and killed another homeless man in Manhattan Saturday morning.
The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. also announced Sunday night they are looking for the same man, who is wanted for several shootings of homeless men in the District. Between the two cities, there have been five shootings and two homicides.
The incidents in Washington D.C. occurred between March 3 and March 8th. One of the victims in D.C. shot and stabbed, then set on fire. He later died.
Mayor Eric Adams released a joint statement along with Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser saying,
“Our communities in DC and New York City are heartbroken and disturbed by these heinous crimes in which an individual has been targeting some of our most vulnerable residents. The two of us spoke about how our teams can coordinate and help one another, and we are calling on everyone in our cities to look at the images of the suspect and report any information, however small, that may be useful. The work to get this individual off our streets before he hurts or murders another individual is urgent. The rise in gun violence has shaken all of us and it is particularly horrible to know that someone is out there deliberately doing harm to an already vulnerable population. As our law enforcement agencies work quickly with federal partners to locate the suspect, we are also calling on unsheltered residents to seek shelter. Again, it is heartbreaking and tragic to know that in addition to all the dangers that unsheltered residents face, we now have a cold-blooded killer on the loose, but we are certain that we will get the suspect off the street and into police custody.”
On Sunday night, another homeless person was fatally shot on Murray Street in TriBeCa. Detectives are trying to determine if this shooting is linked.
In an exclusive video obtained by Eyewitness News, a 38-year-old homeless man can be heard screaming after being shot in the arm in the East Village.
That victim is now in the hospital, his belongings left exactly where he was attacked in the East Village Saturday morning around 5:00 a.m.
Another exclusive video shows the gunman, weapon in hand backing away from his target.