“We pick you up!”
This is the message that New York Mayor Eric Adams and Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with their top police officers, conveyed to the United States Prime suspect in two murders and three attempted murders of homeless men in both cities as they unveiled a new high-resolution photo of the alleged gunman.
Additionally, officials announced that all five shootings during the afternoon news conference in the nation’s capital were linked to the same gun – and that the death of a sixth homeless man in Manhattan over the weekend was not linked to the Spree.
“We don’t want to lose another resident in this city, in New York, or anyone else,” Adams said. “This person is carrying out a premeditated act by shooting innocent people.”
Washington DC Police Chief Robert Contee IIIl vowed the killer would be caught.
“Imagine. We pick you up. That’s the bottom line,” Contee said. “Our reach is far and wide and we come for you.”
The reward for identifying and arresting the shooter is now $70,000 — $25,000 each from each city and an additional $20,000 from the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau.
The two mayors were also joined by NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
“We share information because we have a mobile perpetrator who has struck in at least two major cities in the United States,” Sewell said.
The suspect’s new photo was taken by a camera at an ATM, which officials said was taken recently, but they declined to give further details on when or where the picture was taken.
The images from the crime scenes in both cities have played a crucial role in linking the cases, police officers told reporters.
“As a result of a plethora of video and camera footage we were able to review, that finally led us to our suspect,” Contee said.
During the press conference, officials also revealed they believed only one gun had been used in all of the shootings – having linked ballistics between at least one shooting in each city.
“We look at a person who is clearly depraved and target vulnerable people,” Bowser said.
Additionally, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig clarified that the death over the weekend of a third homeless man – who feared being the shooter’s sixth victim – had died of other causes.
However, officials stressed that much was uncertain in the investigation.
They declined to say if they could possibly capture identifying information from the ATM, repeating that they were still working to find out how and when he had traveled from Washington to the Five Counties.
The first attack related to the horrific killing spree took place in Washington on March 3, which was followed by two more shootings there, one of which was fatal.
It is unclear when the shooter traveled to New York.
But almost two weeks later, on Saturday, caught a surveillance camera in SoHo the horrifying images of the killer approaching and shooting a homeless man on King Street at around 4:30am, wounding the victim.
An hour later, cameras on Lafayette Street caught him kicking a homeless man wrapped in a sleeping bag before drawing his gun and firing – a point-blank execution.
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