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Arrest suspect in shooting 5 homeless people in Washington, New York

New York police release suspicious security camera photos of the suspect who shot two homeless men. (Photo: CNN)

New York City police said that investigators were still gathering evidence to charge the suspect in connection with the New York attacks.

Gerald Brevard, 30, of Southeast Washington, DC, was charged with murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to kill, a Washington Police Department spokesman said.

The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said special agents found the suspect after a multi-day emergency manhunt and brought him to Washington police for further investigation. interrogation. The arrest was also announced by the mayors of Washington and New York in a joint statement.

Three of the cases shootings took place in Washington over the past two weeks. Two men homeless Another was later shot in New York. US police say a gunman shot five men while they were sleeping on the street. Investigators linked the violence through 22-caliber ammunition casings found at the crime scene.

New York Police Chief James Essig said at a news conference that law enforcement is collecting and transferring all criminal evidence to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

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Mayor Eric Adams speaks at a news conference after two people were shot while sleeping on the streets of New York. (Photo: CNN)

Meanwhile, the Washington Police Department said on Twitter that it was interviewing the suspect.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said in a joint statement with Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser that the “cold-blooded killer” targets homeless people with no regard for life.

The shooting began on March 3, when Washington police were notified of gunshots at about 4 a.m. local time. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

On March 8, Washington police found another homeless man with multiple gunshot wounds. He was also taken to hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

The next day, police discovered a tent fire and found a dead homeless man inside. Further investigation determined that the person had been stabbed multiple times and had gunshot wounds.

Three days later, a 38-year-old man was shot in the arm in Manhattan, New York City.

A short time later, police responded to an emergency call about a man with gunshot wounds to the head and neck and found him dead inside a sleeping bag on Lafayette Street.

Violent crime has increased in both Washington and New York City, and a series of seemingly random attacks have occurred in New York City.

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