Gunman in a blonde wig and blue trench coat shoots and kills a man, 23, and a woman, 39, outside a Brooklyn home in broad daylight
- Victims were identified as Chioteke Thompson, 23, and Stephanie Perkins, 39
- The victims were sitting on stoop of a home in East New York Saturday afternoon
- Witnesses said the gunman was wearing a blonde wig and a blue trench coat
- The gunman was also reportedly brandishing an AR-15 style rifle at the time
- Authorities said Thompson was shot once in face and Perkins struck in the back
A man and woman were shot dead in broad daylight in New York City by a gunman wearing a blonde wig and trench coat.
According to the New York Post, the shooter fired more than 20 rounds outside of 551 Van Siclen Avenue around 12.38pm on Saturday.
Chioteke Thompson, 23, and Stephanie Perkins, 39, were identified as the victims by sources who also told the newspaper that Thompson was shot once in the face and Perkins hit once in the back.
Chioteke Thompson, 23, and Stephanie Perkins, 39, were identified as the victims by sources. Police pictured at the scene following the shooting on Saturday
The shooter fired more than 20 rounds outside of 551 Van Siclen Avenue around 12.38pm on Saturday. Police gather at the crime scene on Saturday
Following the shooting, the suspect fled the scene on Van Siclen, according to witnesses.
Authorities said both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. It’s unclear if Thompson and Perkins were targeted.
Photos taken by the New York Daily News showed dozens of grieving family members and neighbors near the scene.
Police recovered about 23 shell casings from the scene and canvassed the area for video evidence.
As of Sunday morning, no arrests have been made in connection to the murders.
The relationship between Perkins and Thompson was not immediately clear, but a neighbor told the Post that he believed the two were mother and son.
Authorities said both victims were pronounced dead at the scene (file image of the home where the shooting occurred). It’s unclear if Thompson and Perkins were targeted
Photos taken at the scene showed dozens of grieving family members and neighbors. Police taped off the area as they continued their investigation
A wave of gun violence has washed over New York City since the beginning of June leaving dozens of victims in its bloody wake, with a dramatic spike of 28 shootings between June 19 and June 21.
Latest crime statistics released by the New York City Police Department show a whopping 342 per cent jump in shootings last week – 53 compared to 12 the same time last year.
The numbers from the NYPD also show a 414 per cent increase in the total number of people shot between June 15 and June 21 – 74 compared to 14 in 2019.
According to police, there were a total of 28 shootings with 38 victims across four of the five boroughs in the 72-hour span between June 19 and June 21.
The recent broad daylight shootings come just a week after 35-year-old clothing designer and graffiti artist Kenneth Singleton, was seen on surveillance video being shot in the neck at point-blank range while washing his car outside his home in the East New York section of Brooklyn on June 20.
So far, no arrests have been made in Singleton’s murder.
Numbers for the first three weeks of June in New York City paint a similarly troubling picture, with a total of 125 shooting incidents reported across the five boroughs.