NYC man on bail walks up to 13-year-old boy, shoots him in the neck: ‘Shouldn’t have happened’

AN New York City man, who was on parole for a previous gun-related… conviction, walked up to a 13-year-old boy on his way to school on Tuesday and shot him in the neck, authorities said.

Hubert Wiggs, 36, was not only on par for a 2010 firearms and illegal drug conviction, but he was also out on bail for possession of an illegal firearm in 2019, NYPD Assistant Chief Kenneth Lehr said during a press on Tuesday after the incident.

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“So this person is on the street today on parole for one firearm, while out on bail for another firearm,” Lehr said. “And today he’s walking around the Bronx with a gun. And we shot a 13-year-old boy in the neck, and by the grace of God he lives here today.”

Police Found A Six-Shot Revolver At The Scene.

Police found a six-shot revolver at the scene.
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Lehr added that these incidents continue to happen and that this shooting “shouldn’t have happened”.

A controversial New York bail reform bill introduced in January 2020 made pre-trial release automatic for most people charged with felonies and nonviolent crimes. Authorities have said the law has made it difficult to keep criminals off the streets and it suspects are routinely released for serious crimes.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea posted on social media about Tuesday morning’s incident: write: “1 inch on the side and this is a whole different story.”

The shooting happened just after 7:30 a.m. on East 223rd Street, near Bronxwood Avenue in the Bronx, police said. The boy was walking to a train station on his way to school in Manhattan when Wiggs reportedly met him in the middle of the street and fired one shot, striking the boy in the neck.

The boy initially continued to walk until he realized he was injured and sought help, sources said FOX5 New York. He was rushed to Jacobi Hospital.

Officers arrived at the scene and saw a man quickly put something on the ground and pick it up, police said. Officers quickly determined it was a gun and ordered the man to drop the gun.

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Wiggs was taken into custody without incident. Police found a six-shot revolver at the scene.

Wiggs faces a slew of charges related to the shooting, including attempted murder, assault, criminal gun possession, reckless danger, criminal gun possession and threat.

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