Man, 25, is shot dead outside the Dream hotel in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District while Busta Rhymes partied inside in latest victim of NYC’s spiraling crime problem
- The 25-year-old victim has not been identified; he was shot in the torso at 12.20am outside the Dream Downtown hotel in Manhattan
- The shooting was after an argument and the shooter jumped in a Jeep afterwards then fled
- Busta Rhymes was partying in the area when it happened – he was pictured at around 4am
- It is the latest in an uptick of violent crimes across New York City
- Shootings are up by 77 percent since this time last year
- NYPD unions say it’s de Blasio’s fault for cutting their budget and manpower
A 25-year-old man was shot dead in downtown Manhattan in the early hours of Thursday morning, outside the nightlife hotspot Dream hotel while Busta Rhymes was partying in the area.
The shooting is the latest in a recent spike in gun crime across the city that has residents increasingly frightened and politicians increasingly worried.
According to the NYPD, the victim was shot after an argument outside the hotel – which is at West 16th and 9th Avenue – at 12.20am.
The shooter fled the scene in a Jeep with one other man, and is yet to be apprehended.
While the violent scene played out on the street, rapper Busta Rhymes was partying nearby. He was pictured near the scene of the shooting at 4am.
Police have not yet given out any information about the suspect, other than that he is a man from Brooklyn.
Gun crime in New York City is rising at an astronomical rate; shootings are up 77 percent from this time last year and the NYPD says the problem will keep getting worse unless more officers are put on the street.
A 25-year-old man was shot dead outside the Dream Downtown hotel in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on Wednesday night just after midnight
NYPD detectives interviewing a man outside the scene of the crime on Wednesday night
An NYPD van outside the hotel on Wednesday night. It’s unclear if the men had been inside
Party goers were stunned by what had happened when they started going home at 4am
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced a partnership between the NYPD and the ATF to try to tackle gun crime.
Busta Rhymes was inside the hotel partying when the incident happened
He has been widely blamed for the city’s crime problem, with cops saying it’s down to a lack of manpower caused by budget cuts.
Some 1,800 cops were cut as a result of the defund the police movement which prompted de Blasio to cut the NYPD’s budget by $1billion.
900 new recruits were added in November, but it’s still nearly 2,000 cops off the total of the 36,900 uniform members of service from 2019.
Cops say the spike in crime is down to de Blasio disbanding the anti-crime unit – which had around 600 officers in it.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said at the time that the decision, along with others like cutting $1billion from the NYPD budget and banning chokeholds, showed de Blasio and others were ‘bowing to mob rule’.
‘Let’s mark the date on the calendar and how long it’s going to be before we’re having a conversation about New York is crying out for more police.
‘And I think that day has come,’ he said last August in an interview.
Shea was notably absent from Tuesday’s press conference where de Blasio announced his partnership with the ATF.
Instead, his deputy was there to represent the police force. When asked about it by a journalist, de Blasio became defensive.
According to the NYPD, the victim was shot after an argument outside the hotel – which is at West 16th and 9th Avenue – at 12.20am
The hotel is on West 16th Street and 9th Avenue in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District
This is how shootings are escalating all over the city. They are up nearly 80% since last year
‘It all is one team fighting in common cause. This is a crucial moment talking about this partnership.
‘I want to give [Deputy Commissioner] John Miller credit.
‘I wanted the people of New York City to hear from him on it,’ he said.
Almost every other kind of major crime is in New York City, along with gun crime, even as nearly 70 percent of the city is vaccinated.
Police unions say the ongoing cuts will continue to decimate the city and deter its economic recovery.
Writing for DailyMail.com last month, Ed Mullins, the president of the 13,000 member New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association, said: ‘The 2020 ‘reform’ package has done nothing but kneecap the police and increase violent crime to levels not seen since the early 1990s.’