A dreary, cloud covered day with a constant, tenacious downpour was made even bleaker when a pedestrian was killed instantly after loose masonry from a Midtown building fell onto her.
The woman, identified by Authorities as 60yr old Erica Tishman of Manhattan, was walking on West 49th Street past a building for which the address is 729 7th Avenue, when the loose stonework made its’ deadly descent, striking her in the head.
Emergency Responders tried in vain to resuscitate Erica before pronouncing her dead on the scene. Chunks of the fallen Terra Cotta could be seen near her body as it lay covered by a white sheet on the sidewalk, in the rain.
Passersby stopped to take in the horrific scene, some wondering how incidents like this can still happen in the City, while others somberly noted it could have happened to them.
Authorities have launched a full fledged Investigation to determine how this tragic event unfolded.
Two men working on a lift approximately sixty feet up on the outside of a building under construction at 11 West 118th Street in Manhattan had to be rescued by FDNY members after the base of the lift tilted over, causing the boom arm and the cage they were in to crash into the side of the building at 17 West 118th Street at about 9:16AM.
One firefighter was lowered to the cage from the roof of 17 West 118th Street while his colleagues on the ground moved a ladder into position. One of the workers could be seen lying on his back at one end of the steeply tilted cage, his legs dangling freely off the edge. This same worker was later heard crying out in pain as he favored his right hand.
Both men, whom were most likely saved from a worse fate by their harnesses, were safely removed and taken to Harlem Hospital with non life threatening injuries. An Investigation into the incident is ongoing.
A man who was part of a team delivering asphalt during a road re-paving project in Freeport, Long Island, died a gruesome death Tuesday morning.
The men were working on Grant Street near Guy Lombardo Avenue when, according to a witness at the scene, the victim dropped a tool that rolled beneath the massive eighteen wheeler as it prepared to back up in order to deliver its’ load of asphalt.
As the man reached beneath the truck to retrieve the tool the driver, unaware that the coast was not clear, backed up the truck and crushed his colleague beneath the massive wheels.
Paramedics rushed to the scene, but could only pronounce the man deceased where he lay under the truck. The Investigation into this horrible incident is ongoing.
Two workers from Verizon got the surprise of their life early Tuesday morning.
The men opened up a manhole on West 58th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue in Manhattan at about 3:10AM to start their workday, but instead found the decomposing body of a man approximately ten feet beneath the surface.
The man, who may have been down there for a while, appears to be homeless, said authorities.
Investigators at the scene donned white Tyvek suits and gas masks before venturing into the manhole to inspect the remains.
No obvious indicators pointing to any initial determination of cause of death were present at the scene, said authorities, and would therefore have to wait for the results of an Autopsy to be performed by the Medical Examiner.
In addition to not knowing whether or not the man was a victim of foul play, Investigators are also working to determine how he ended up inside the manhole, as these covers can weigh up to 400lbs. The Investigation, and the mystery of this incident, continues.
Rescuers from the NYPD Air and Marine Units, the United States Coast Guard Air and Sea Units, FDNY Marine Units and countless personnel on land all converged on Rockaway Beach near Shore Front Parkway and 96th Street in Queens on Tuesday afternoon, after a 15yr old boy and a 16yr old boy, both friends, went into the rough surf and did not surface.
The boys were at the beach enjoying the unseasonably warm weather with at least two other teens when tragedy struck.
New York City beaches were officially closed after September 8th, and Life Guards were not on duty. Two teen friends of the missing boys were seen waiting with authorities on the beach as the search progressed.
Rescuers diligently searched the waters until late on Tuesday evening when operations ended for the day without locating the boys.
The search resumed on Wednesday morning but as of 10:30AM, the bodies of the two boys were still not found. The search continues.
By Theodore Parisienne Posted – 4:05PM / Updated 10:53PM
24yr old Tyrell Simms was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital after he was accidentally shot in the head by his 46yr old accomplice when both men attempted to rob a 38yr old man outside of the New York City Housing Authority South Jamaica Houses Complex at 106-06 160th Street in Queens.
Simms, who authorities said lives in Brooklyn, and his cohort were committing the brazen act in broad daylight, at about 1:13PM, but their dastardly actions did not work out in their favor.
NYPD Officers were quickly on scene and gave chase to the fleeing 46yr old accomplice, nabbing him just a few blocks away.
A black semi automatic handgun, with its’ serial number clearly visible, was recovered by Cops just half a block away from the shooting. The 38yr old man who was targeted by the pair managed to escape the ordeal without any injuries.
According to the NYPD, charges are expected to be laid against the arrested accomplice.
A man was pronounced dead at Staten Island University North Hospital after he was shot by Police Officers who responded to a call from a woman who stated that she was the victim of a domestic violence incident.
The man, identified by the NYPD as 39yr old Gregory Edwards, was pointed out to Cops by the woman as the perpetrator. According to the NYPD, those Officers then called for backup and approached Edwards to effect an arrest as he walked outside of 20 Prince Street.
The NYPD further stated that Edwards immediately became combative with the Officers, at which point a taser was deployed, hitting Edwards in the back. Despite being tasered, Police said, Edwards was able to draw a gun and fired twice as Officers fought to gain control of the gun.
At least one Officer fired three shots in return, striking Edwards. During this exchange, a female Police Officer was also shot in the wrist of her left hand and was taken to Richmond University Medical Center where she underwent surgery. The Officer was later categorized as being in ‘stable’ condition.
A 9mm handgun allegedly used by Edwards was recovered at the scene next to the wheel of a parked car. Police Officers at the scene were observed remaining calm and keeping their composure as other residents yelled constant obscenities and derogatory remarks at them, with one man repeatedly telling them to “Suck My D…K!!
Edwards has a history of violent crimes, according to the NYPD. These include Domestic Assault and Weapons Charges. Edwards previously served five years in prison after he was convicted for a shooting in Staten Island.
By Theodore Parisienne Posted – 4:04PM/Updated 11:37PM – Deceased Identified
22yr old Marcellus Shields and 23yr old Antoine Folkes, both from Queens, were pronounced dead on scene after they were shot multiple times on a quiet Queens Street Monday night.
According to authorities, one man was in the drivers’ seat and the other man in the front passenger seat of a silver Kia Soul SUV parked outside of a house on 255th Street in the Rosedale section of Queens, when a white SUV occupied by two or three men pulled up and opened fire.
Both men were shot multiple times and died where they sat, with one slumped backward and the other man, seen wearing a blue t-shirt, slumped forward. The shooters then made a quick, and so far clean, getaway.
Authorities are not releasing much information at this point in the Investigation and are looking into several scenarios, including the possibility of gang involvement. Police are now hunting for the killers.
Police responding to a 911 call early this morning of a man shot found an eighteen year old with gunshot wounds to the head, chest and legs sprawled out on the sidewalk in front of 145-04 176th Street in the Springfield Gardens section of Queens.
The victim, Angel Nixon, was rushed by medics to Jamaica Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries several hours later.
According to authorities Angel, who lived less than a mile away from the scene, got into an argument with another man before he was shot. The shooter fled the scene and is currently being sought by Cops.
In a bizarre incident, a 46yr old man handed a black backpack to another man while on the Eastern Parkway Esplanade at Utica Avenue on Sunday in Brooklyn, an area popular with residents who use it for biking, running or just relaxing on a bench in the shade, while hordes of strap hangers enter and exit the busy Utica Avenue hub for the numbers 3,4 and 5 trains.
It is not clear if any words were uttered, but the man who received the backpack looked in and saw a device that had a timer, duct tape and at least one red wire.
The man immediately flagged down some passing Cops who then called in the Bomb Squad. The heavily trafficked area was cordoned off for several hours, including train stoppage, while Officers from the Bomb Squad examined the package and searched for any possible additional devices.
A Bomb Squad Officer prepared an explosive charge contained inside a tube apparatus, which was then used to detonate the device on the scene. The Officer was spotted giving the ‘All Clear’ sign to his colleagues upon inspecting the package after the detonation. 46yr old Luis Rodriguez of Brooklyn, the man who allegedly initially had the backpack, was arrested near the scene. He was charged with Terrorism, Reckless Endangerment and Aggravated Harassment.