A man in New York City was released from jail on bail for possession of an illegal firearm and was still currently on parole for a prior gun-crime conviction before he promptly walked up to a seemingly random 13-year-old child and shot him through the neck this past Tuesday.
As reported by Fox News, 36-year-old Hubert Wiggs “was not only out on parole for a 2010 firearms and illegal drug conviction,” but “also out on bail for possession of an illegal firearm in 2019” when he attacked the kid.
As released in a press conference that took place this past Tuesday, Kenneth Lehr, the NYPD Assistant Chief, made a point to mention that Wiggs was currently out on bail when he shot the young boy in the neck.
“So this individual today is on the street while on parole for a firearm, while out on bail for another firearm,” Lehr stated to reporters. “And today he’s walking around the Bronx with a firearm. And we have a 13-year-old boy shot in the neck, and for the grace of God he’s alive here today.”
Lehr went on to add that this is not the first time an incident such as this has happened and that it “should not have happened.”
As reported by Fox: “A controversial bail reform law New York implemented in January 2020 made release before trial automatic for most people accused of misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies. Authorities have said the law has made it difficult to keep criminals off the streets and that suspects are routinely released for serious crimes.”
Dermot Shea, the commissioner of the NYPD, tweeted out that “1 inch to the side & this is a very different story.”
“Imagine that’s your child, on their way to school, only to be hit with a bullet fired by a criminal who’s: out on a pending 2019 GUN case, AND he’s already on parole for a prior WEAPONS conviction. Today, AGAIN w/ a gun,” added Shea.
Also reported from Fox:
The shooting happened just after 7:30 a.m. on East 223rd Street, near Bronxwood Avenue in the Bronx, police said. The boy was walking to a train station on his way to school in Manhattan when Wiggs allegedly met him in the middle of the street and fired one shot, striking the boy in the neck.
The boy initially kept walking until he realized he was injured and looked for help, sources told FOX5 New York. He was rushed to Jacobi Hospital.
Officers arrived at the scene and saw a man quickly put something on the ground and pick it up, police said. Officers quickly determined the object was a gun and ordered the man to drop the firearm.
Wiggs was taken into custody without incident. Police recovered a six-shot revolver at the scene.
As reported by the outlet, Wiggs is looking at a bevy of charges in relation to the shooting of the child, including “attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.”
This controversial bail reform has almost instantly shown its inherent flaws and has prompted Dems to think of changing it further just one week after it was implemented.