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Guardian Angels’ Curtis Sliwa slams city bugs and leaves commuters vulnerable as horror subway shootings ‘overwhelm’ New York.

City officials’ failure to make changes to tackle violent crime is leaving commuters vulnerable and leaving New York “crushed,” the Guardian Angels founder has warned.

The seemingly random deadly shooting on a New York subway in broad daylight on Sunday – and the shooter’s escape – is “exactly why people are extraordinarily nervous at the moment,” Curtis Sliwa told The Sun.

Curtis Sliwa, the founder of Guardian Angels in NYC, said Sunday's shooting underscored the need to equip subway cars with cameras and allow police officers to walk through the subway cars

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Curtis Sliwa, the founder of Guardian Angels in NYC, said Sunday’s shooting underscored the need to equip subway cars with cameras and allow police officers to walk through the subway carsPhoto credit: Stephen Yang
Daniel Enriquez, 48, was fatally shot in what appeared to be a random attack on the subway on Sunday as he was heading to Manhattan for brunch

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Daniel Enriquez, 48, was fatally shot in what appeared to be a random attack on the subway on Sunday as he was heading to Manhattan for brunchPhoto credit: Handout by Griselda Vile
The scene after a mass shooting injured 29 on a New York City subway in April

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The scene after a mass shooting injured 29 on a New York City subway in AprilCredit: EPA

And why the Big Apple will continue to rot prophesied the leader of the New York Guardian Angels.

Just before noon on Sunday, a man was pacing the last subway car bound for Manhattan when he suddenly shot Daniel Enriquez in the chest, the NYPD said.

The “beloved” 48-year-old investment researcher at Goldman Sachs was on his way to a weekend brunch.

After the shooting, the Q train pulled into the Canal Street station, where passengers and the gunman took off.

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There are reports that a person interested in Enriquez’s tragic, senseless shooting is in custody, but the NYPD has not confirmed this.

Sliwa said that if the police are not more active and cameras are not installed in each of the subway cars, brazen crimes like this will continue to happen.

Cameras on the subways and vigilant officers walking through the subway cars will deter crimes and catch crimes before they escalate like they did on Sunday, then allow law enforcement to quickly apprehend the offender, he said.

“The police must be more present on the subways. That means pacing back and forth in the subway cars,” Sliwa said.

“This is a perfect case where this crime could have been prevented.

“Someone would have told the officer pacing the subway cars that there was a guy looking worried and they could have intervened.

“Instead, the guy pulls out a pistol and randomly shoots a man and flees. And there are no cameras on the trains to catch the perpetrator or to act as a deterrent, so he flees.”

When asked about a more proactive approach on the train, the NYPD said in an email: “Officers who ride the trains are called Train Patrol. Train Patrol continues to this day.”

The Sun has participated in several rideshare nights with the Guardian Angels in recent months – after the NYPD turned down requests – and when officers were at a station, they stood on the platform.

“Canal Street is a busy train station. Where were the police? What is the strategy?” said Sliwa.

“There should be cameras in every (subway) car so that the conductor knows what is going on in each car and so the police can catch the offender in the act. It will also have a deterrent effect.

“Now they throw things at the wall and hope it works. Get back to basics and use the technology available.”

The shooter’s escape plan

After shooting Enriquez, the suspect was seen on surveillance camera handing the gun to a homeless man who sold it to someone else, police sources told the Post.

It is unclear whether the men knew each other.

The NYPD posted pictures of the suspect on social media and asked drivers and New Yorkers to keep an eye out while the manhunt was ongoing.

Sunday’s deadly subway shooting came just over a month after Frank James allegedly opened fire at a crowded Brooklyn subway station, injuring at least 29 people.

“MANHATTAN IS IN DECAY”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on May 10th detailing the sharp increase in shooting deaths during the pandemic.

According to the CDC’s May 10 report, firearms were involved in 79 percent of all homicides in 2020 — a 35 percent increase from 2019.

In 2020 there were 19,384 gun homicides, surpassing the previous high of 18,253 recorded by the CDC in 1993.

“It’s going to be a crazy summer. You can feel it in the air,” Damon Jones told The Sun.

Jones, who worked in law enforcement for three decades, is the Blacks’ representative in Law Enforcement of America in New York State and editor of the local newspaper Black Westchester.

“It’s 6:30 a.m. and we turn on the TV at work and there’s always a story about someone getting shot,” Jones said.

With so much violence, Sliwa said, people living in the boroughs are not traveling to Manhattan, which will further stunt the city’s post-pandemic growth.

“Manhattan will be destroyed. The city is decaying,” said Sliwa.

“People like this man who was killed having brunch in Manhattan are what the city’s economy needs.

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“They must have come from the outer caves, but now they’re saying, ‘We’re not leaving our neighborhood.’

“The subways are the veins and arteries in and out of the city, and that gives people another reason to avoid Manhattan.”

The NYPD released these surveillance images of the suspected Q-Train shooter on Sunday

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The NYPD released these surveillance images of the suspected Q-Train shooter on SundayPhoto credit: Reuters
Police officers enter a subway station, the scene of a shooting at Brooklyn Station after Frank James allegedly opened fire in April

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Police officers enter a subway station, the scene of a shooting at Brooklyn Station after Frank James allegedly opened fire in AprilPhoto credit: Reuters

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