Even A Blizzard Didn't Stop A Ton Of Violence From Happening This Weekend

Nemo was able to shut down power, the Long Island Expressway and most of the news over the weekend. But, somehow, it apparently couldn't prevent the unfortunate plague of crime in New York City.

The first shooting victim came Friday night during the apex of the snowstorm. At a baby shower up on East 165th Street, a 20-year-old man was fatally shot just after midnight as the blizzard began to weather down on the City. Also, the man's cousin was shot but is currently in critical condition. There's video surveillance that shows the attackers but the police told the New York Post that no one has been charged yet with the shootings.

The violence continued into Saturday night.

At around 8:50pm, a 19-year-old man was found with two fatal gun wounds in his back at a bodega in Brooklyn. Once again, the cops are still unsure what happened while no arrests have been made. And then three hours later, a 54-year-old man was found dead at a motel in Elmhurst. The officials on the scene determined it was homicide and could be the result of a strangling.

And we haven't even mentioned the other shootings that went down this weekend yet.

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Robert Asika, Empire State Shooting Victim, Files First Claim Against City and Police

The first victim of police gunfire in the Empire State Shooting has filed a notice of intent to sue the city, the Voice has learned.

Robert Asika, one of 9 people wounded Aug. 24 by police bullets as they fatally shot a homicide suspect outside the storied building, has filed a notice of claim with the city comptroller's office, records indicate.

Asika was struck in his right elbow by a police bullet--one of 16 rounds fired at Jeffrey Johnson, who had just gunned down his former co-worker, Steve Ercolino. Dramatic news photographs showed Asika sprawled on the sidewalk with blood coming from his wound, as passersby tended to him.

Michael S. Lamonsoff, an attorney representing Asika, tells the Voice this afternoon that his client is still receiving medical care, and may have some neurological impairment as a result of his injuries. "We believe that there were too many rounds fired under the circumstances, and perhaps there should be more of an exploration of whether these officers had the proper training," he said.

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Mayor Bloomberg On Stop-And-Frisk: We're Better Than Philadelphia And D.C.

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Mayor Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion talking to reporters yesterday.
New Yorkers who don't like stop-and-frisk can go live in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. and see how they like the murder rates there!

This is what a pretty braggy Mike Bloomberg said yesterday in response to a question from the Voice about the logic behind his repeated defense of the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk policy -- that it saves thousands of lives.

We were interested in the argument of Michael Powell at the Times, who recently questioned the go-to response of the mayor and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly that stop-and-frisk has played an important role over the past decade in saving 5,600 lives.

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A Cache of Reefer and a 9 Milli Were Found in Brooklyn Yesterday


On Thursday night, at around 11:45pm, Franze Williams, 32, was non-fatally shot in the stomach at his apartment building on Tapscott Street in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn. He was taken to the nearby Browndale Hospital and treated for his gun wounds.

Soon after, police officials applied for and received a search warrant to inspect the house the following morning. The next day, detectives went to Williams' apartment to gather some information about the shooting and the suspects involved. Except they found something completely different: 125 pounds of weed, a 9mm pistol and numerous rounds of ammunition. 

Not sure if the expression "hit two birds with one stone" is applicable here but we'll throw it in anyway.

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In Stop-and-Frisk Debate, Mayor Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio Bad-Mouth Each Other

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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at an immigration event earlier this year.
The debate over the NYPD's controversial stop-and-frisk policy is in full swing this week with a proposal from the public advocate prompting a badmouthing match between the mayor and the elected official who hopes to replace him in 2013.

Yesterday, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, an expected mayoral candidate, launched a campaign to reform stop-and-frisk, urging Mayor Bloomberg to dramatically reduce the number of unwarranted stops. That led Bloomberg, via a statement from his deputy mayor, to criticize de Blasio and dismiss his ideas as out of touch with the realities of crime in the city. De Blasio kept the momentum going this morning with a conference call with reporters to, well, respond to the mayor's response to him.

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Family of John Collado, Inwood Father Killed by NYPD Officer, Calls for Federal Investigation

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City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez with family members of John Collado who was killed last year.
A day after thousands marched in Union Square for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was shot in Florida, the family members of the late John Collado gathered in a small law office yesterday afternoon to call for a federal investigation into the Inwood father of five's shooting death at the hands of a plainclothes cop.

Collado was shot last September by a detective with the NYPD, who was carrying out a drug bust. The family members and their lawyer claim that the officer's shooting of Collado, who was not a target in the sting operation, was unwarranted and that the officer didn't reveal that he was with the NYPD and should have had backup with him. Officials claim that Collado had the detective in a chokehold as the officer was attempting to arrest Collado's neighbor.

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James Carter, Convicted Murderer and Gun Trafficker, Gets 16 Years in Prison (UPDATE)

James Carter, an ex-con with murder on his rap sheet, will spend 16 years behind bars for illegally selling firearms -- including semiautomatic handguns and a sawed-off shotgun, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced today.

Carter, 45, was just sentenced. He had pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to criminal sale of a firearm in the first degree.

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Robbers on the Run in Washington Heights: Help Cops Find Them

Four scumbags broke into an Upper Manhattan apartment on Valentine's Day, where they held up five residents at gunpoint while looting the home, and cops want your help bringing them to justice.

Around 4 a.m. on Feb. 14, two of these suspects climbed through a window and two busted through a door at 601 West 185th Street before terrorizing the victims and robbing them. The crims stole a laptop, cash, and cell phones and fled.

Nobody was hurt.

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Gun-Toting Robber Hits Greenpoint, Williamsburg, and Jackson Heights

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A man has robbed five Brooklyn and Queens businesses at gunpoint, and cops want your help bringing this jerk to justice.

Police say that he began his crime spree on Sept. 25, around 12:15 a.m., when he stormed into a Greenpoint Dunkin Donuts at 356 McGuiness Boulevard, shot a gun, and fled with cash.

The suspected perp then hit a Williamsburg Capital One Bank, located at 185 Broadway, on Oct. 18.

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If You Give Directions, You Might Get Robbed at Gunpoint -- Even in Williamsburg and Bushwick

Hey, New Yorker! Yeah, YOU! Now you finally have good reason to be that asshole -- you know, that guy or gal who doesn't want to give directions. It could be dangerous!

Cops say the four scumbags pictured here are preying on the city's good Samaritans -- they'll stop and ask you for directions and rob you while you're distracted.

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