The Queens teenager, who was shot in the leg while doing her homework after a stray bullet went through her front door, told the Post Thursday that Mayor Eric Adams’s handling of crime was ridiculous.
Tamima Samira, 15, believed it was “only going to get worse,” and said officers were doing a “terrible” job dealing with the city’s gun violence during an interview at her blood-smeared St Albans home, two days after was shot in the leg in her dining room.
“We’re joking [Mayor] Eric Adams all the time,” she said, referring to her high school debate team. “It’s kind of crazy how he thinks it’s going to do anything to get homeless people off the subway to improve the crime rate. It is difficult. There isn’t much you can do to effectively eliminate these issues.”
The teenager said she wasn’t even shocked she was a victim given the city’s rising crime rate.
“It’s terrible that we can say that we can count on it,” Samira said.
The sophomore at the Bronx High School of Science was sitting at her dinner table working on English homework around 11 p.m. Tuesday when a trio of suspects suddenly fired a hail of bullets outside her home on 113th Road near 205th Street, reports said the police with.
About 20 bullets hit the front of the house – and one of them pierced Samira’s shin after firing through her front door.
“It felt like I was electrocuted,” Samira said of the moment she was shot.
“I looked at my leg. There’s blood on my leg. There’s blood on my hand. then [my mom] comes running, she actually helps me to get up.
“My mother was scared. My father was appalled. my [10-year-old] Brother was very confused. He had no idea what was going on.”
As Samira’s mother rushed to tie a tourniquet around the wound, her father called 911 and within minutes she was on her way to the hospital, where she later underwent surgery to remove the bullet from her leg.
“It’s kind of crazy — because you don’t expect to get shot in the leg at your dinner table,” Samira said.
“You could expect to get hit by someone on the subway, maybe even shot, but at your house doing your English homework at 11am? No not true.”
The brave teenager said she was “doing great” after being discharged from hospital on Wednesday afternoon – as she posted a cheeky sign on her front door calling herself “the girl who was shot”.
“I’ll be very, very honest, I was more scared for my family than for myself,” said Samira, who is now limping.
Adams and the NYPD have been scrambling to curb gun violence ahead of the hot summer months — traditionally New York City’s most violent.
There have been 535 incidents of shootings this year through Sunday, according to the latest NYPD statistics. While those numbers are down slightly from last year’s nearly 10%, this year’s pace is nearly double what it was before the pandemic, when the city saw a historic spike in gun violence.
In response, Adams has introduced so-called Neighborhood Safety Teams, a revamped version of the controversial crime-fighting units that were disbanded in 2020. And last week, Hizzoner appointed a “gun violence czar” to combat rising rates. He has also tried to curb crime in the subway system by cracking down on the homeless.
Samira said she is well aware of the criminal scourge rocking the city.
“It’s awful that we see it happening every day. Shootings happen all the time,” she said.
“People have told me it will hit me later, that I was like a shot in the leg sitting at home, but I laughed ten minutes after it happened.
“It’s crazy how desensitized we are to it because I’ve been taking it … way better than my parents and that’s because I read the news. It happened to me and I wasn’t shocked. It was not me. It really wasn’t me.”
Samira, who is originally from Bangladesh and moved to Queens as a toddler, said her “terrified” parents now feel unsafe in their home, but she feels safe knowing she was not the intended target of the shooting.
“However, being targeted is a problem, hate crime is at an all-time high. But I’m not worried about my safety at the moment. I’m more worried about everyone else going through the same thing, except worse because they’ve been targeted,” she said.
But she also said criminals “should be given a chance to redeem themselves, to reform themselves.”
“Maybe whoever did it was mentally ill,” Samira said. “Rather than locking them up, maybe if you gave them a chance to get professional help, all the resources, maybe they could change for the better, and I believe people can change, but I still believe they can.” should face the consequences of their life actions.”
“Just because I’m not scared doesn’t mean I don’t find it terrifying. These people need to be caught, they need to be held to the consequence standard and they need to face whatever consequences they should face,” she continued.
As for Samira’s future, she plans to study a STEM-related major at Columbia University and wants to figure out how to use her horrifying experience to create change.
“Do you know what my college essay is going to be?” she joked.
“Gun violence from the first-person perspective.”
https://nypost.com/2022/06/09/shot-queens-teen-says-adams-doing-terrible-job-with-gun-violence/ Shot Queens teenager says Adams is doing ‘terrible’ job at gunpoint