An ex-con out on parole after being convicted on weapons charges – and out on bail after another illegal firearm rap – was arrested after allegedly shooting a 13-year-old boy in the neck as the teen walked to catch a train to school in the Bronx.
The shooting occurred around 7:30 am on Tuesday near 928 East 233rd Street and Bronxwood Avenue in Wakefield, and left police officials fuming over the revolving-door justice system in the crime-plagued city.
The boy miraculously is expected to recover after a quick-thinking neighbor had heard the gunshot and immediately called 911, according to FOX5 New York.
‘One inch to the side & this is a very different story,’ NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted about Tuesday morning’s incident.
The alleged gunman, 36-year-old Hubert Wiggs, was on parole for a 2010 firearms and illegal drug conviction as well as being out on bail for possession of an illegal firearm charge he received in 2019.
‘So this individual today is on the street while on parole for a firearm, while out on bail for another firearm,’ NYPD Assistant Chief Kenneth Lehr said at a press conference Tuesday.
‘And today he’s walking around the Bronx with a firearm. And we have a 13-year-old boy shot in the neck, and for the grace of God he’s alive here today.’
Hubert Wiggs, pictured, was arrested after officers recovered a six-shot revolver at the scene
The incident occurred around 7:30 am near 928 East 233rd Street and Bronxwood Avenue in the residential Wakefield neighborhood, pictured, according to the NYPD
Pictured: the 13-year-old boy, who was walking to a train on his way to school, can be seen walking across a Bronx street Tuesday morning just before he was shot in the neck
The shooter, pictured, can be seen following the boy before shooting him in the neck, injuring but not killing him
Pictured: the gunman, 36-year-old Hubert Wiggs was on parole for a 2010 firearms and illegal drug conviction and out on bail for possession of an illegal firearm charge he received in 2019
Wiggs, a Bronx resident, was taken into custody with officers recovering a six-shot revolver at the scene, police said.
Lehr said that the shooting ‘should not have happened’ before adding that such incidents are continuing to occur city and statewide due to a controversial bail reform bill imposed by New York State last year.
Enacted in January 2020, the law no longer requires cash bail for most misdemeanors and non-violent crimes. The purpose of the reform was to reduce the number of incarcerated people who cannot afford bail.
The bail reform makes release before trial automatic for most offenders whose charges fall into those two categories.
The boy in Tuesday’s shooting was walking to a nearby train station on his way to school when Wiggs reportedly followed him to the middle of the street before firing one shot.
Surveillance video footage from a home in the residential Wakefield neighborhood shows as Wiggs is arrested by officers after a neighbor called police upon hearing the gunshot
Officers tape off the crime scene following Tuesday mornings shooting, where 36-year-old Hubert Wiggs shot a 13-year-old boy in the neck
Wiggs, pictured, faces attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and menacing
The unidentified teen was initially unaware he had been shot and kept walking until realizing he had been injured, sources told FOX5 New York.
He was rushed to Jacobi Hospital after finding help from a resident nearby.
Police are still investigating why Wiggs targeted the boy.
Wiggs was arrested after responding officers arrived at the scene and saw him putting an item onto the ground before picking it back up.
Authorities were able to immediately determine that the item was a firearm, which Wiggs tried to hide in his waistband before dropping the gun at the police’s command.
Wiggs had posted a five minute video to his YouTube account just a day before the shooting, reportedly on Allerton Avenue according to Wiggs’s recording, where he sports a black eye.
Wiggs faces attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and menacing, according to Fox News.
The shocking shooting comes as violent crime has continued to escalate in New York City over the last several months, with assaults climbing 18.5 percent and robberies up 6 percent in September as the NYPD revealed it has made more than 3,400 gun arrests so far this year, Mail Online reported last month.
Tuesday’s shocking shooting comes as violent crime has continued to escalate in New York City over the last several months, with increases in felony assaults, robberies and overall crime
Stark data released by the NYPD in early October shows crime rose 2.6 percent overall in September 2021 compared to the same month in 2020, with an extra 243 incidents reported.
For the month of October, crime in New York City increased by 11.2 percent in October 2021, compared with October 2020 (10,118 compared to 9,095) while robberies increased by 15.8 percent (1,450 compared to 1,252) and felonious assaults increased by 13.8 percent (2,123 compared to 1,865).
Through October, overall index crime year-to-date has increased by 1.3 percent compared to the same time last year, 80,801 for 2021 compared to 79,772 for last year.
The crime wave comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio tries to lure tourists and office workers back to the COVID-ravaged Big Apple, with the data likely to deter many over personal safety concerns.
The biggest increase in September 2021 was for felonious assault – or assault with a dangerous weapon – which surged by a shocking 18.5 percent from 1,802 in September 2020 to 2,135 in September 2021, as New Yorkers have been plagued by random attacks in the streets of the city.
The data also reveals a concerning trend in other criminal activity, with robberies up 6 percent, car theft up 4.1 percent and grand larceny up 0.7 percent within the same time-frame.