The victim, Khamani Garrett, was studying at the Manhattan School of Business in Chelsea and was walking to the subway alone.
The 36-year-old suspect was identified as Hubert Wiggs and is now charged with attempted murder, assault, weapon possession, reckless harm and threats.
The law enforcement agency believes that Wiggs, who was released on parole and arrested many times, was a family member of a well-known gang member.
Police said he randomly pointed a gun at people walking on the street, and when he pointed it at Garrett, the gun fired. It is unclear whether this was intentional or unintentional.
Garrett’s mother and sister were interviewed by Eyewitness News.
“The first person he asked for help didn’t want to help him,” mum Abigail James said. “Then he asked other people for help, and they helped him. It actually hurt my soul. I could have buried my son.”
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What was unknown on Monday was that the person Garrett first asked for help was the suspect himself.
The video showed that Garrett was dizzy and stumbled after being shot. After receiving no response from Viggs, he continued walking down the street.
He was rushed to the hospital for surgery and is expected to survive.
The police arrived and met Victor, who was said to behave strangely and detained him.
“They verbally ordered that man to put down the gun,” said Kenneth Lyell, assistant commissioner of the New York Police Department. “The person’s initial reaction was to try to hide it in his belt. They issued further verbal orders, and at this time the person threw the object on the ground. When the police moved in, there was no accident and the person was detained and taken into custody. A gun was recovered.”
Wiggs was taken to the hospital for evaluation and is awaiting subpoena.
“He said that the man couldn’t even see him with his eyes, he didn’t see him with his eyes,” said sister Sana Garrett. “He didn’t know he was shot. He thought it was fireworks.”
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Officials said that Vigers’ 0.38-caliber revolver and a spent bullet were found at the scene.
The Bronx District Attorney Dassel Clark wanted to know what he started on the street.
“There were a lot of gaps, and there were a lot of failures throughout the process,” Clark said.
Clark was angry and said the shooting shouldn’t have happened.
Clark said: “Once he is released on parole for a violent crime and commits a crime, the parole system should hold him accountable.” “And he should be released on parole so that he cannot even be released on bail in a new case.”
Khamani will celebrate his 14th birthday on Monday.
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