Who is Pierrot Simeon? NY cyclist, 21, killed, shot point-blank by gunman caught on camera
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: Two people were fatally shot and two others hurt in separate shootings on Wednesday, July 14, and Thursday, July 15, according to NYPD. Surveillance footage has now surfaced that shows one of the incidents - a young killer assassinating a cyclist in broad daylight.
As per reports, the incident seen in the surveillance footage took place in East Flatbush on Wednesday afternoon. The NYPD responded to a 911 call around 2:20 pm of a male shot at at the corner of Clarkson Avenue and East 53rd Street.
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Surveillance footage showed the alleged gunman standing outside a store when the victim rode up on a Citi Bike - a privately owned public bicycle sharing system serving New York City boroughs. The suspect can be seen pulling out a gun and almost immediately opening fire on the man, shooting multiple times before running away. No arrests had been made as of Friday morning, reported a CBS News affiliate, as police continue searching for the man seen in the video.
Who is Pierrot Simeon?
News reports have said the man shot on Wednesday afternoon was 21-year-old Simeon. The New York Post reported that he was shot multiple times in the torso and once in the left forearm, as per the NYPD. Simeon, who lives around the corner from the scene, was rushed to the Kings County Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead. The circumstances leading up to the shooting, the tabloid reported, were unclear.
As per New York Daily News, sources said that investigators believe the shooting was gang-related. Simeon reportedly identified himself as a member of the Crips on his Facebook page. However, his relatives described him as a hard-working, generous young man, who worked as a cashier at Walgreens.
“We can’t believe it. He was our youngest,” said one unnamed relative, referring to Simeon and his sibling. “He was very respectful, kind, and down to earth. He was always willing to help. He was a hard-working cashier at Walgreens. It’s terrible news. We’re just mourning the loss.”
Family members also reportedly said they were shocked to hear of his killing, and had no idea if someone wanted him dead. “He went to the store to get a drink -- soda or water. A neighbor came by and said he was down. He had been shot,” the relative said.
The shooting comes amid an uptick in shootings in the city. A local ABC News affiliate reported that shooting incidents were up by 23.38 percent in the city. The incident also took place on the same day that Eric Adams, the Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor, pledged to tackle gun crime.
“My son won’t grow up in a city that I grew up in,” Adams said at a meeting with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and clergy at the Lenox Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn. “That is not going to happen. We had a 13-year-old boy assassinated in the Bronx in broad daylight in what appears to be a retaliatory shooting. And no one wants to talk about that. It’s unacceptable. No one is going to come back to our multi-billion tourism industry if three-year-olds are shot in Times Square. It’s just not going to happen.”