The Bronx community is grieving after a horrific crime occurred early on Sunday, September 24th. According to initial reports, a 35-year-old male victim was driving his black Honda Pilot when the car started to give him some problems. As any of us would do, the man pulled off to the side of the road and called for a tow truck.
Authorities say the individual was sitting in his broken-down vehicle near Bruckner Blvd and 141st St. The tow truck driver arrived at the scene and got to work immediately. He hooked up the SUV to the pickup truck as the male sat in the front seat. Just as the tow truck driver got ready to pull away, a two-wheeled vehicle suddenly drove up on the duo. The culprit fired off at least one shot, which struck the 35-year-old directly in the head.
The male was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. It remains unclear if the suspect will survive or what provoked the attack.
Assault With a Gun and Murder in New York
Any type of shooting that isn’t committed in self-defense is a very serious crime in New York, especially if the victim of the shooting passes away. Murder is by far the most serious crime that anyone can get convicted of, and if a suspect intentionally and willingly shoots someone else that later passes away, then they can get charged and convicted of murder. In New York, the death penalty has been abolished, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. You could still spend your entire life in prison if you get convicted of a murder offense.
Even if the victim doesn’t pass away, shooting someone is considered assault with a weapon. Assault with a deadly weapon in the first degree is considered a Class B felony. The severity and degree of the crime you get charged with will hinge on how injured the victim is, whether the shooter was acting in self-defense, and the circumstances of the shooting.
Do You Need Some Help After a Gun Crime?
Regardless of what type of criminal offense you’re facing, using a firearm will make your situation worse. Not only will you face greater criminal penalties, but your charges could also get upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony, too. If you get convicted of a felony, then your life will change. You will automatically lose certain rights, like the right to vote. You also will never be able to legally possess a firearm again unless you later get your crime expunged.
The good news is that there is still hope for you, even if you’ve already been arrested. By securing a good criminal defense lawyer, you may be able to have your charges reduced. Even better, you might be able to get your charges dismissed entirely.
You won’t know the legal possibilities available to you until you speak one-on-one with an attorney. Reach out to our expert lawyers today to learn more about how we can help.