New York apartment tenants terrified after "psycho" shooter takes potshots at their building
A 55-year-old tenant of the building, Ilene Epstein, who lives on the 22nd floor of the 50-story rental building said: "I’m petrified for my life."
Tenants of an Upper East Side high-rise are terrified of walking around in their apartments because of a mysterious gunman who keeps taking aim at their building, whizzing bullets through their windows, according to reports.
The swanky apartments at One East River Place have 24-hour gated entry, a heated indoor pool and an amazing view of the river across on Roosevelt Island, however, the gunman has all the tenants of the building terrified of living there, according to New York Post.
A 55-year-old tenant of the building, Ilene Epstein, who lives on the 22nd floor of the 50-story rental building said: "I’m petrified for my life. I moved into this apartment because of the river. I have beautiful views. [But] I’ll move out of my building before I walk around with a bulletproof vest."
Police sources told The Post that the first bullet crashed through the living-room of a 14th-floor apartment in the building sometime overnight between Thursday and Friday.
The incident came to light when the tenant of the apartment woke up on Friday morning and saw glass all across his living room. Police officials later found a .38-caliber bullet and said that it was most likely fired from a Smith & Wesson handgun.
Reports state that it hadn't even been 24 hours to the incident when another bullet shot through the window of a unit on the 32nd floor of the building. The shot was fired at around 1:15am on Saturday this time around and had pierced through the window of another tenant's living room.
Neither of the tenants was reportedly injured in the incident.
A law enforcement source told the Post: "They were lucky they weren’t up late watching television."
Police officials have still not found the gunman who is firing on the building, however, they found out that the timing of the second shooting matched with two 911 calls which reported shots being heard from another apartment building. The building is nearly 1,400 feet across the East River on Roosevelt Island, according to reports.
A high-ranking NYPD insider reportedly said that investigators "think it's some asshole standing on a balcony shooting across the river."
A 45th-floor resident at One East River Place, Arik Cohen, said that this random shooting has made him think about leaving New York.
"What world do I live in? Who shoots randomly? My wife is in Long Island with our baby. Maybe I should call her and tell her to stay there for a few days," the 37-year-old computer programmer said, adding that he feared another strike from the "psycho" shooter.
"I’m already planning on leaving New York. This is just one more reason," Cohen added.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) is leading the investigations in the case. No arrests have been made yet, according to reports.