(DCWatchdog.com) – A spree shooter “flashed” a “creepy” and “menacing grin” at cameras after getting arrested for killing one person and wounding three in seemingly random firearm attacks in New York City.
You can see a video of part of the attack at the bottom of this post. WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC.
25-year-old Thomas Abreu was photographed outside the 107th precinct in Queens on Sunday, Fox 5 New York reports.
He was busted on Saturday, two hours after his shooting multiple victims.
Abreu has been charged with “murder in the second degree, four counts of attempted murder in the second degree, two counts of assault in the first degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree,” the Queens District Attorney’s Office has announced.
According to investigators, Abreu began his random shooting attacks in Brooklyn before moving to Queens.
He managed to shoot four people, one of whom died. The killed man was identified as 86-year-old Hamoo Saeidi of Queens. He was shot dead by the shooter on Jamaica Avenue near 109th Street.
Abreu appeared before Judge Scott Dunn by video from a hospital on Monday.
According to the criminal complaint, he rode a scooter and chose his victims randomly during the shooting attack.
The New York Police Department said the scooter the shooter rode was illegal, without a license plate, CNN reports.
“The streets of two boroughs were turned into scenes of terror as this defendant allegedly rode his scooter, shooting indiscriminately at pedestrians and others,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz declared on Monday.
“Thank you to the NYPD for quickly apprehending the suspect. My office will hold him fully accountable and seek justice for the victims,” she added.
As Abreu was scheduled to appear in court again on Thursday, the police said they still didn’t know what led to his actions.
“We don’t know the motive. It seems that this is actually random. At this time, video shows that he’s not targeting anybody, he’s not following anybody. As he’s driving on his scooter, he’s randomly shooting people,” explained Joseph Kenny, assistant chief of the NYPD’s Detective Bureau.
A report by The New York Post pointed out that the shooter was smiling “creepily” at reporters’ cameras after he was charged.
Here is the video:
Police confirm man on scooter went on shooting spree in Queens, New York, killing 1 and injuring 3. Suspect in custody pic.twitter.com/56MIAd3nzI
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