Grandmother of pre-teen shot in police-defunded NYC: ‘In this city, it’s kill or be killed’

NEW YORK CITY, NY – The grandmother of a 12-year-old boy that was non-fatally shot earlier in April says that the violence that has been plaguing the city has essentially become a way of life, noting that “in this city, it’s kill or be killed.”

On April 10th, a 12-year-old boy was non-fatally shot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area in what authorities described as a gang-related shooting incident.

Evette Lilly, the young victim’s grandmother, sadly acknowledged that these sorts of violent episodes have become a normal occurrence in New York City:

“The neighborhood is the neighborhood. It happens all the time… Now in this city, it’s kill or be killed.”

According to reports, the shooting occurred at approximately 9:50 p.m. on April 10th as the victim was walking with a group of four friends along Madison Street at Patchen Street.

Reportedly, the victim and his friends were approached by another group of roughly four or five older boys, and some sort of argument broke out with gunfire going off not long thereafter. Authorities say that the gunfire came from a nearby vehicle.

The 12-year-old boy was reportedly shot in the chest during the incident. He was said to have fled to a nearby liquor store, where the store owner called 911 after the child asked for help.

The victim was transported over to Maimonides Medical Center, where doctors found that the bullet that struck the child’s chest managed to pass through his body without hitting any organs. As a result, the victim wasn’t in any need of surgery for the wound.

With respect to the investigation into the shooting, authorities have not announced any arrests related to the case as of this writing.

This shooting is merely one of many recent incidents of violence in a city where crime is on the rise.

Earlier in April, a woman was parking her car with her four-year-old son inside of the vehicle when bullets suddenly began zipping past her. This woman called into a radio show on April 9th where Mayor Bill de Blasio was appearing on to express her growing fear in the city.

In response, Mayor de Blasio chalked up the growing level of violent crime in the city to aspects like the pandemic having created the “perfect storm,” but insists that 2021 “is going to be very, very different.”

Mayor de Blasio is starting to get a reputation for dismissive rebuttals when legitimate concerns regarding violent crime are brought to his attention.  

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Earlier in April, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report noting Mayor de Blasio’s comments in response to rising violent crime within The Big Apple. 

Here’s that previous report. 


NEW YORK CITY, NY – With the recent spike a violent crime in New York City, specifically shooting incidents, Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted on April 7th that “New Yorkers don’t live in fear.” 

Yet in a recent report coming from the New York Daily News, locals within New York City aren’t really aligning with Mayor de Blasio’s recent proclamation.

There have been some concerning trends a violent crime in New York City as of late, which mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to address on April 7th. When the mayor was posed with the notion of whether or not he believed New Yorkers were “living in fear” due to these alarming trends, he stated the following:

“I do not believe New Yorkers are living in fear. It’s just not who we are. I believe there are some real issues we have to address…but New Yorkers don’t live in fear. They keep moving forward. I really believe that.”

Those sentiments shared by the New York City mayor, despite them likely being well intentioned, didn’t resonate with some of the locals. For instance, 67-year-old Marlene Alam, who’s resided in the Flatbush area for roughly six decades, referred to that notion made by Mayor de Blasio as “bullshit”:

“That’s bullshit. I got attacked twice on a train…I have a lot to tell de Blasio. Tell him to come to East 21st Street and Courtelyou Road around 11:00 p.m.; people walking around here with mental illnesses. They’re on goddam crack. They’re beating up senior citizens. It’s crazy.”

A 32-year-old mother of three young girls, one of which was the five-year-old girl that was grazed by a stray bullet on April 5th while she was standing outside their home, is also not at all entertained by the rhetoric spun by Mayor de Blasio:

“I don’t have any interest in politicians because what they say is only for show. It seems like an empty statement. He’s not really saying anything.

“What his real plan. Is there an actual plan? Is there any plan at all? I don’t really feel safe with shots going off in broad daylight… You don’t know where they’re coming from, and you don’t know where the guns are coming from.”

When comparing data from March of 2020 versus March of 2021, there was an overall increase in crime by 2.4%.

While that may not be that alarming of an increased figure, that’s a representation of crime across the board. When isolating instances of murder, there has been a 36% increase in said offenses when comparing March of 2020 to March of 2021.

In terms of shooting incidents citywide, there has been a 76.8% increase of reported incidents during that same aforementioned time frame comparison.

Another local, Fatoumata Diallo, says that the current state of the city compels one to watch their back:

“You have to watch your back. I feel more nervous, because anything can happen. People have guns, they get upset, they get intoxicated. You don’t know exactly what they’re doing.”

During the same press conference where Mayor de Blasio shared the comments of New Yorkers not “living in fear,” the mayor was asked why he wasn’t taking the time to visit communities that have been most impacted by violent crime and reiterating a message that said violence will not be tolerated.

In response to said inquiry, Mayor de Blasio stated the following:

“It clearly won’t be tolerated because for years now we have been changing the whole reality of how we address crime and violence.”

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