An aide to New York City Mayor Eric Adams was robbed at gunpoint in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning.
The aide – a 33-year-old man according to Pix 11 – was scouting out a location for a mayoral appearance near the Brooklyn Navy Yard around 10.30am, The New York Post reported.
The aide was a member of the mayor’s advance team – which deals with event planning – according to The Post.
The staffer was approached at the intersection of Navy and Sands streets by two men who demanded that he give them his phone and wallet.
When he refused, the men threw him to the ground, drew a gun on him, then took the items and fled.
One thief reportedly sped off on a CitiBike, according to WNBC 4.
The thieves were both described as black men, one wearing a blue and white sweatshirt, and the other hid his face behind sunglasses and a blue mask.
The mayor’s office had not returned DailyMail.com requests for comment.
The aide was a member of the mayor’s advance team – which deals with event planning – and was scouting the location for a mayoral visit, according to The New York Post
The staffer was approached at the intersection of Navy and Sands streets (above), near the Brooklyn Navy Yard by two men who demanded that he give them his phone and wallet
The mugging comes on the heels of a violent Fourth of July holiday weekend in NYC, which saw at least 31 people shot or killed in 24 shootings. Three people were killed yesterday on the 4th of July itself.
Police said shootings over the holiday weekend spiked 60 per cent compared to last year, which saw 15 incidents with 19 victims.
The massive increase comes after Mayor Eric Adams promised to keep New Yorkers safe over the holiday weekend.
‘We are going to use every tool in our toolbox to provide New Yorkers a safe and enjoyable July 4th holiday weekend,’ Adams said.
Adams has made a considerable push to get illegal guns off of the streets of New York City, resulting in murders being down 13 per cent from last year, and shooting victims dropping nine per cent.
But major crimes in New York are up 38 per cent this year compared to last year, with robbery up 39 per cent, burglary rising 34 per cent, and felony assault jumping 19 per cent.
One incident on Monday involved the 27-year-old boyfriend of an NYPD worker. The man was shot and injured in a drive-by outside a Dior store in the swanky SoHo neighborhood in Manhattan.
The man, who has not been named, was blasted by bullets as he sat in his car at 5pm on Greene Street between Prince and Spring streets.
He was rushed to Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital with injuries to his right underarm but was expected to survive.
Last week, the execution-style murder of a mother pushing her baby in a stroller near an Upper East Side playground sent shockwaves around the city.
The 20-year-old victim was walking with her three-month-old baby when the hooded shooter approached her and ‘fired a single shot into her head from a very close range,’ NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell told reporters.
Adams blamed the shooting on the ‘over-proliferation of guns’ and said that criminals have ‘no fear in using these guns on innocent New Yorkers.’
‘The over-saturation of guns, and dangerous people that repeatedly leave our criminal justice system to continue actions like this, it is what’s making the New York City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies…difficult to fight this issue,’ he added.
The area where the shooting occurred is an affluent and normally quiet neighborhood where violent street crime is less common than in many other parts of New York.
Across the street from the murder scene is the Samuel Seabury Playground, which was filled with children who witnessed the horrific shooting.
‘It doesn’t matter if you are on the Upper East Side or East New York, Brooklyn,’ Adams said.
The boyfriend of an NYPD employee was shot in the arm while sitting in a car outside the Dior store in Soho, Manhattan, on Monday evening
In late June, President Joe Biden signed into law a legislation that marks some of the biggest changes to federal gun law in decades.
‘Lives will be saved,’ Biden said during the signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.
‘From Columbine to Sandy Hook to Charleston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, Uvalde, and for the shootings that happen every day in the streets that are mass shootings, we don’t even hear about the number of people killed every day in the streets. Their message to us was to just do something,’ the president said.
According to the NYPD, the city’s current crime rate is approximately 13.3 major crimes per 1,000 residents per year. The combined rate of violent crimes – rapes, murders and felony assaults– adds up to 2.8 per 1,000 residents per year.