Mayor Eric Adams said Monday it was his “responsibility to keep New Yorkers safe” when he conceded that Sunday morning’s broad daylight murder of a Brooklyn man who rode a Q train across the Manhattan Bridge was every Big Apple resident’s “worst nightmare”.
Adams responded to the harrowing incident during an independent news conference when he was asked to respond to the outcry from the family of the Goldman Sachs employee who was gunned down in the “accidental” attack on his way to Sunday brunch.
“It’s her worst nightmare. I use the subway a lot, I’m on the system a lot, and it’s unimaginable,” he told reporters in Upper Manhattan. “You sit down, go to brunch, go to visit a family member, a person comes up to you and shoots you for no reason. No hassle – what’s horrible to do when [there is] an argument – but that’s the worst nightmare.
“It’s my responsibility to keep New Yorkers safe. My heart goes out to this family, I am sorry that they lost their loved one. We must continue to make sure we don’t lose our loved ones,” he said earlier in the press conference. “I understand their pain and I need to make sure the city is safe and I want that commitment.”
He added, “I thank God I’m mayor right now and not those who don’t understand the urgency of this moment.”
On Sunday morning, a gunman shot dead 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez “without provocation” while the Park Slope resident was taking the subway to Manhattan, police officers said.
The gunman – who was wearing a dark jacket, white mask and light-colored pants and is still at large as of Monday afternoon – was seen pacing back and forth in a Q train carriage around 11:42 am He drew a gun and opened up fired on the unsuspecting victim, police and sources said.
“Completely coincidental,” a police source previously told the Post.
When the train arrived at the Canal Street station, the operator of the Q train tried to revive Enriquez, but he could not be saved. Shortly thereafter, he was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.
The suspect – described as a dark-skinned, stocky man with a beard – handed the gun over to a homeless man, who then sold the murder weapon to a third party, according to police sources.
Law enforcement sources told The Post on Monday that they are looking for Andrew Abdullah, who has been arrested 19 times, in connection with the cold-blooded murder.
On Sunday, Enriquez’s family told the Post the five boroughs were “not safe” and ordered the mayor, “Do your job.”
And on Monday, Enriquez’s partner fumed about rampant transit violence in the Big Apple and expected little to change from the shooting when he revealed the man who was killed had recently ridden the subway because he hadn’t recently used Ubers wanted to pay higher prices.
When asked if he thinks the broad daylight shooting – the fourth subway homicide in 2022 – will hamper his ongoing efforts to urge employers to get workers to return to their offices after having worked remotely during the pandemic, Adams predicted that would be the case.
“Oh yes, it has a chilling effect, just like the April shooting in Sunset Park had a chilling effect,” he said, referring to subway riders’ fears after Frank James allegedly killed 10 people in a crowded N -Shot the train at rush hour.
“And a New Yorker is resilient. We react accordingly. We get hit in the stomach, we get our air back and we know we have to move forward.
The business-friendly mayor promised to speak to big employers in New York City to allay their fears that employees will have to commute to their workplaces.
“My job as mayor is to make sure this system is secure so we don’t have this chilling effect,” he said. “And yes, I’m going to meet with business leaders because they’re concerned, they’re worried about the employees. It doesn’t matter whether the employee is a restaurant employee or a Goldman Sachs employee.”
“In the past on a shoot like this there was a vacuum and nobody [was] to get in touch with the sectors concerned. I don’t,” the mayor added, in a jab at former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial relationship with big-city employers. “We have pre-existing relationships with my corporate leaders.”
After Monday morning’s press event, Adams rode the subway from Upper Manhattan down to City Hall.
Meanwhile, Adams has vowed to eventually install high-tech gun-detection devices at Big Apple’s subway stations, while poking fun at unnamed critics of the idea that after last month’s subway shootings in the Sunset Park floated for the first time.
“There’s a small number of well-oiled Twitter users who attack everything we’re doing to protect the city,” he said. “That’s noise.”
“One thing is clear: I will use technology to keep New Yorkers safe.”
https://nypost.com/2022/05/23/mayor-adams-calls-subway-killing-nyers-worst-nightmare-as-he-promises-action/ Mayor Adams calls subway murder New Yorkers’ ‘worst nightmare’ while promising action