Eric Adams offers cash reward to catch NYC sidewalk shooter

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Democratic mayoral primary frontrunner Eric Adams said Saturday he would add $2,000 — of his own money — to the NYPD’s reward to catch the gunman who brazenly opened fire on a Bronx street, despite two kids being in the way of his intended target.

“I am not going back to the days where our babies were waking up to gunshots and not alarm clocks,” Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, said at a press conference at the site of Thursday’s broad-daylight shooting on Sheridan Avenue near Mt. Eden Parkway. “So I am offering a personal reward to anyone who as information that would lead to apprehension and conviction of the individual who discharged those bullets at those babies. Because if he would do it to them, he would do it to your family members.”

Adams, speaking alongside Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, said his cash would be added to the NYPD’s reward of $3500.

The two children, a 10-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother, miraculously escaped unharmed from the mayhem that began about 7 p.m. Thursday outside a bodega near their apartment building on Sheridan Avenue.

The kids went out to buy some candy with their parents when a gunman wearing a black hoodie and black mask began shooting at another man and the victim took off trampling the kids. The gunman kept shooting in a terrifying scene captured on video.

The 24-year-old victim, who was hit once in the back and once in each leg, was taken to nearby Bronx Lebanon Hospital, and is expected to survive, sources said.

Democratic mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia released a statement Saturday saying “New York City children shouldn’t have to dodge bullets.”

Garcia, the former city sanitation commissioner, pledged to get 10,000 guns off the streets with her buyback program and by increasing the NYPD’s gun suppression unit.

 A citywide surge in shootings has hit the Bronx hardest with 211 through June 13 compared to 97 during the same period last year. In the precinct where Thursday’s gunfire erupted, shootings soared to 32 through June 13, during the same time frame 13 in 2020.

The victim was shot three times, once in the back and once in each leg.
The victim was shot three times, once in the back and once in each leg.
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A woman who was in the Bronx bodega with a 2-year-old to buy him chips and juice she heard the gunfire said she was terrified.

“I don’t even know how many shots I heard — maybe seven,“ she said Saturday. “He was in a little red cart.  I took him out of the cart and dragged him to the back of the store. He was crying. I was crying until this morning.”

Additional reporting by Dean Balsamini

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