Surveillance footage has surfaced of the terrifying moment a young killer assassinated a cyclist in broad daylight on the streets of New York City.
Pierrot Simeon, 21, was shot dead in broad daylight Wednesday as he pulled up on a CitiBike outside a bodega on Clarkson Avenue and East 53rd Street in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
The baby-faced killer was caught on camera talking on his phone outside the store before suddenly pulling out a gun and shooting his victim at point blank range.
The daylight execution marks just the latest horrifying incident to rock the Big Apple in recent months, as crime soars and fears mount that the city is headed back to the dark days of the 70s and 80s when violence was rife.
Shootings have surged 29 percent so far this year compared to the same period last year, with mayoral frontrunner Eric Adams warning this week that ‘no one is going to come back’ to New York City if the crime wave continues on the same trend.
The killer takes a phone call in front of a Brooklyn bodega on July 14 at 2.20pm
He then pulls a gun out of his fanny pack and begins to shoot at a nearby cyclist on a CitiBike
The man appears unfazed as he shoots the victim, 21-year-old Pierrot Simeon, multiple times. Simeon was later pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital
The NYPD released surveillance footage of Wednesday’s daylight execution as police continue to hunt for the killer.
The incident unfolded at 2.20pm when Simeon stepped out of his home nearby to buy a drink from his local bodega, his family told NY Daily News.
The chilling surveillance footage shows the killer, who was dressed in a durag, a grey T-shirt, grey and white basketball shorts and Nike sneakers, speaking on his phone as the front of a CitiBike comes into view.
The suspect is seen casually putting his phone back in his pocket and stepping toward the cyclist, who is off camera.
He then whips out a gun from a fanny pack around his shoulder and shoots Simeon multiple times as he backs away from the entrance of the store.
At one point, a person walking out pushes the shooter away before he ran off.
Simeon collapses on the sidewalk and drags his CitiBike down with him.
Police said Simeon was shot Simeon three times in the torso and left forearm.
He was taken to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police sources told Daily News they believe the execution was gang-related, with the victim’s Facebook identifying him as a member of the notorious Crips gang.
But Simeon’s distraught family told the outlet they were shocked by his brutal slaying and do not know who would want to harm him.
Pierrot Simeon, 21, pictured. Police sources said they believe the execution was gang-related, with the victim’s Facebook identifying him as a member of the notorious Crips gang
The baby-faced killer (pictured above in surveillance footage) has not been named. Police are aing the public to come forward with any information
‘He went to the store to get a drink – soda or water. A neighbor came by and said he was down. He had been shot,’ a relative, who did not want to be named, said.
They described the 21-year-old as a hardworking young man who worked at a Walgreen’s store.
‘He was very respectful, kind and down to earth. He was always willing to help,’ said the relative.
‘He was a hard-working cashier at Walgreens. It’s terrible news. We’re just mourning the loss.’
No arrests have been made in the killing and the suspect has not been named.
Police are asking the public to come forward with any information.
The shooting comes amid an escalating crime wave in New York City, with gun violence surging and attacks on the city’s subway systems and in the streets becoming increasingly common.
NYPD data shows that shootings have spiked 28.9 percent in 2021 compared to last year as of July 11, with 803 incidents compared to 623 in 2020.
Shooting victims are also up a staggering 22.2 percent year over year, with 931 people falling victim to gun crime compared to 623 by this time last year.
The killer wore a durag, a grey T-shirt, grey and white shorts and Nike sneakers
Gun violence in NYC was up 43 percent from January 1 to June 27 compared to the same time last year, as Covid-19 re-openings give way to a spate of horrific incidents throughout the city
The number of murders has also risen from 215 to 225 in the same timeframe – a 4.7 percent rise.
Rape has surged 7.3 percent and other sex crimes 25.9 percent.
The biggest leap in crime rates is for hate crimes, which has surged by 118.2 percent in the last year.
This data comes amid numerous random attacks on Asian Americans in the city, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With violent incidents surging, fears are mounting that the city is headed back to the dark days of the 70s and 80s when crime was rife.
Back then, NYC earned the nickname as ‘Fear City’ due to its prevalence of crime an disorder.
In the 1970s, the city faced $10 billion in debt and funds were cut to the police and other services.
The dark days continued into the 1980s when the crack epidemic ravaged the city.
All types of crime were up and, at its peak, someone was murdered every 63 hours in the worst-hit parts including East New York and Cypress Hill.
NYPD data shows crime in the Big Apple has surged so far in 2021 compared to the same period in 2020
Crime in NYC in 2021 through July 11 compared to the same period last year:
Shooting incidents +28.9%
Shooting victims +22.2%
Hate crimes +118.2%
Other sex crimes +25.9%
Felony assault +6%
Grand larceny +.2%
Grand larceny auto +24.1%
Petit larceny +1%
Misdemeanor assault -.3%
Adams, the ex-cop who ran his mayoral campaign on an anti-crime stance, warned on Wednesday that ‘no one is going to come back’ if violence, and in particular gun violence in the Big Apple continues.
The Brooklyn borough president appeared at an event with Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday as the two political leaders presented a united front in addressing the worrying rising crime.
‘No one is going to come back to our multibillion-dollar tourism industry if 3-year-olds are being shot in Times Square,’ Adams said.
Adams, 60, won the Democratic primary for this year’s mayoral race and will become the mayor of New York if he defeats Republican Curtis Sliwa in the general election.
He and Cuomo sought to reassure New Yorkers that their main focuses for New York City will be public safety and economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adams compared New York City’s Washington Square Park to a San Francisco ‘shantytown’ after residents nearby have complained of drug use and loud after-dark raves.
‘My son and I walk through the park oftentimes just to talk. Someone’s sitting next to us, injecting themselves with heroin. Police [are] right there,’ Adams said.
‘There is just a sense that we have a city where any and everything goes.’
The mayoral candidate also ripped New York judges and bail reform laws for not doing their part to combat the rising crime rates.
He also said judges are not using tools they do have at their disposal like Kendra’s Law which lets courts order mental health treatment in some cases.
‘Our judges are not giving bail on cases where they are allowed to give bail. They’re refusing to use Kendra’s Law on mental health issues,’ Adams said.
‘We have thrown up our hands, and we have surrendered our city. It’s time for us to ensure our city is for the working class, everyday people who are following the laws and saying that government is going to make sure we protect them.’
This came just days after Adams met with President Joe Biden in the White House Monday to discuss the recent surge in gun violence.
He called for a more holistic approach to crime reduction after Biden announced a strategy encouraging cities to use $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief funds to hire more police officers, among other things.
Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams, who is poised to become mayor of NYC in November, met with President Joe Biden at the White House to discuss gun violence on Monday
‘The prerequisite to prosperity is public safety and justice, and if we don’t have them both together, it doesn’t matter how many police officers we put on the street,’ Adams told reporters in a press conference outside the White House, according to USA Today.
‘We can’t continue to respond to symptoms. It’s time to respond to the underlying causes in our city.’
Cuomo, 63, on Wednesday described gun violence as a ‘major civil rights issue’ while announcing the state will offer 4,000 summer jobs and full-time jobs with training for the city’s youth in the hopes of providing an ‘alternative’ to gun violence, the Daily News reported.
Those efforts come after de Blasio already unveiled 75,000 jobs for city youth this summer, as noted by the Daily News.
Cuomo admitted back in May that New York City is now in the throes of a ‘major problem.’
‘New Yorkers don’t feel safe and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is up,’ he said.
‘It’s not that they are being neurotic or overly sensitive – they are right.’