Lashawn J. McNeill, 47, opened fire and shot the officers in the arm as well as the head. On Friday, he was in hospital undergoing surgery. After a New York drug arrest, he was on probation and had been arrested in four other states.
A convicted felon had posted anti-cop propaganda to his Facebook page. He also allegedly quarreled with his mother about his vegan diet.
According to sources, Lashawn McNeil (47), who was on probation at the time when he killed Jason Rivera (22) and injured Wilbert Mora (27) with a Glock 45 with a 40-round magazine, had argued with Shirley Sourzes about veganism. They also shared controversial music videos in 2014 that showed officers being shot down.
This video captures police brutality towards black men. Two rappers are seen holding guns to the heads of white officers as they sing, “Time to kill these coppers.”
The music video, ‘Hands Up’ by Uncle Murda & Maino, was posted as a tribute to Eric Garner, a black man who was choked to death by a white NYPD officer and whose cry, ‘I can’t breathe,’ became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter Movement.
McNeil also shared the video and a series of conspiracy theories on his Facebook page. These included warnings of race wars, McDonalds blood sacrifices and claims that aliens were living in the United Nations. By early 2015, he stopped sharing conspiracy posts.
Senior NYPD officials said to NBC that McNeil moved in with her Sourzes in Harlem’s apartment in November 2021. He had attempted to convert his family members to his faith.
New York Police posted a photo of the blood-covered illegal Glock 45 equipped with a high capacity 40 round magazine that was used to kill rookie officer Rivera and critically injure Mora.
Rivera, who was just five miles from where Rivera lived, signed up in November 2020. His partner Wilbert Mora, who joined the NYPD in 2018, is currently fighting for his life.
Initial reports by multiple police officers indicated both of them had died.
McNeil, who tried to escape the house but was being shot by another officer, sustained injuries.
He was in surgery on Friday night, and his Sourzes, who called the police on him for threatening her, allegedly told police she knew he carried guns and that ‘he has problems,’ the New York Post reported.
The Post was informed by sources that McNeil had been warned not to bring firearms home while caring for her disabled brother. They also claimed that McNeil didn’t believe she believed he was carrying weapons.
Sources claimed McNeil also blamed his mother, who was blind in one eye. We don’t know how this happened.
Police sources said that the incident was a “normal verbal family dispute” with no injuries.
McNeil’s drum magazine, which he had fitted to his Glock with 40 rounds per cartridge, gives the shooter 50 rounds of firepower.
New York bans magazines containing more than 10 rounds.
Eric Adams, former NYPD Officer, is the new mayor of New York. He angrily stated at Harlem’s hospital that all violence must end.
He said, “It’s our city against the murderers.”
“This is more than an attack on three brave officers. It was an attack against New York City.
President Joe Biden responded to the tragedy on Twitter, writing: ‘Jill and I are saddened to hear two NYPD officers were shot last night — one fatally. They and their families are in our thoughts. Every day, officers don the badge to go into danger. Their extraordinary sacrifices are greatly appreciated by us and their families.
Adams’ officers’ deaths were the first since July 2017 when he was elected to tackle the city’s rising crime.
A Glock 45 illegally loaded with a large capacity magazine was recovered by police at the crime scene. This drum magazine can hold 40 extra rounds and allows the gun owner to fire 50 rounds.
Jason Rivera (left), 22 years old and a NYPD officer, was killed in a shooting on Friday. Wilbert Mora was his partner and he signed up for the NYPD in 2018.
In 2014, McNeil had shared the controversial music video, ‘Hands Up’ by Uncle Murda & Maino, which depicts violence against white police officers
McNeil’s Facebook wall was filled with conspiracy theories from 2014 through 2015. These included warnings of an impending race war and McDonalds blood sacrifices. Also, McNeil claimed that aliens are black people, and that the UN has established a global military to establish a new order.
Rivera was pronounced dead on Friday by first responders.
River’s body was transported by the procession to W135th and Lenox Avenues.
Rivera and his partner Wilbert Mora are the fourth and fifth officers shot so far this year – by comparison, last year, a total of 10 police officers were shot in the entire state of New York
The NYPD said, ‘We vow to #NeverForget Jason as his fellow Finest vow to honor his tremendous legacy of service & the ultimate sacrifice’
McNeil was said to be arguing with his mom on Friday night, when his mother called the police
These officers were shot and killed in the NYPD’s first officer shooting death since July 2017.
NYPD continued to investigate this case, and began interviewing residents in the area on Saturday morning.
Manhattan residents held a vigil for the officer who was killed and asked the public to rally behind the NYPD
Rivera and Mora are the fourth and fifth officers shot so far this year – by comparison, last year, a total of 10 police officers were shot in the entire state of New York.
Patrick Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, the largest municipal police union in the world representing 50,000 active and retired officers, excoriated the city’s leaders for not doing enough.
Lynch is very critical of Alvin Bragg the Manhattan District Attorney who, upon taking office at beginning of month, stated that he would not pursue certain criminal charges.
Lynch indicated that Lynch had serious concerns regarding the messages these kinds of policies sent to police officers as well as criminals.
Bragg was the target of his fury on Friday night.
“Our hearts have broken.
“And we are angry because we have been there before.
“We are angry because we knew it was coming.”
“We are angry because it was what we promised, and it has happened again.”
The devastation footage shows McNeil’s colleagues running to the hospital, after which McNeil, who was already in custody in three states, opened fire using a stolen Glock 9mm pistol, which was found at the scene.
A drum magazine was attached to the gun, a controversial firearm accessory. They are prohibited in New York, California and Colorado as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Vermont. Each state has a maximum magazine capacity limit.
Semi-automatic guns and drum magazines were outlawed between 1994 and 2004, when Congress passed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. It was a legislative effort that began with the 1989 Stockton elementary school shooting in California.
The ban expired in 2004 and each state had the right to set its own ammo capacities. New York decided to keep the maximum capacity at 10.
Rivera Mora, Mora and another officer were dispatched at approximately 5:10 p.m. on Friday to investigate a domestic violence situation.
Police were called by the McNeils to report that her son, 47 years old, was trying to threaten her.
Officers knew him well, and were called back to his house in August for a call about domestic violence.
McNeil had previously been arrested in New York in 2003 on felony narcotic charges, and was out on probation.
Four other arrests were made in the same state.
His unlawful possession of weapons was a charge that he received in South Carolina, 1998.
He was charged with assaulting police officers in Pennsylvania. This was his address.
In 2003, he was arrested in Pennsylvania twice – one on a felony and another on a misdemeanor drug possession charge.
Three officers entered the McNeil home to find the mother in her front room, along with another son. Rivera and Mora entered the room through a narrow hallway measuring 30 feet.
Sourzes’ other son, and the mother, remained unaffected by the presence of the third officer.
McNeil shot both Rivera and Mora as they approached McNeil.
The third officer shot him in the head and right arm as he ran for the doors.
McNeil is still alive, and he’s in critical condition at NYPD.
A Glock 9mm rifle was recovered by police at the crime scene. It had been reported that it had been stolen from Baltimore in 2017.
A police audio recording reveals how the gunfight started and the multiple shots that were heard.
“Shots fired,” one responds, while sirens are heard behind the scenes. ‘Cop shot. Additional units are needed.
The dispatcher asked for help from nearby units in order to get the road cleared and make it safe for ambulances.
Another says that “Two officers were shot.” “We will bring NYs to hospital. An additional unit is available.
Harlem Hospital was called for the officers.
‘Due a police issue, please avoid the West 135 Street area between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd & Malcolm X Boulevard. According to the NYPD, Manhattan.
“Use an alternative route when you travel nearby, and be prepared for a police presence around the area.”
The incident was NYPD officers were shot in the line-of duty in three incidents in less than 72 hour. This follows an incident Tuesday night in Bronx, and an officer who was shot on Thursday morning at Staten Island.
Officer Kaseem Penant of the Bronx was wounded in a fight with a teenager suspect and received a gunshot to the leg. He has been released from hospital.
Detective Dominick M.Libritti, who was serving a Staten Island search warrant, opened the door to his home and shot into the side of the body. Although he was in stable condition, his injuries were serious.
On January 1, Officer Keith Wagenhauser was shot in the head in his patrol car by a stray bullet, while sitting outside a Bronx precinct. He was released from the hospital.
Eric Adams is the mayor of New York City and can be seen addressing crowds of journalists at Harlem Hospital on Friday evening
Patrick Lynch, President of the Police Benevolent Association, asked all New Yorkers for Rivera’s Funeral. This was in support of the NYPD.
On Friday, a large number of NYPD officers attended Harlem Hospital to listen to Adams Lynch, Lynch, and the NYPD Commissioner.
Harlem Hospital, NYPD Officers after Friday Night’s Shooting
Harlem Hospital, Friday night: Members of NYPD
As they wait for news about their fellow officers, the officers are standing on the steps at the hospital.
Two police officers and one officer from Harlem were killed when they shot them.
Officers responded to a report of domestic violence on Friday night
This is Eric Adams’ first murder as NYPD mayor since January 1.
On the corner in Harlem, a police officer is on guard
Bragg, Manhattan’s district attorney has been accused by some of his softness on crime, saying that he won’t prosecute certain offenses. He said this was an ‘horrible tragic’.
He said, “This is an awful tragedy, and our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to all the NYPD officers and their families,”
“The police officers that serve and protect us are at risk every day. It is unacceptable to tolerate violence against the police.
Keechant Sewell, Police Commissioner, denounced violence directed at the New York Police Department.
Sewell reported that “Countless officers lined this corridor after carrying him in to grieve their brother and pray with all they have for them for the other” officer.
“I struggle to find words to describe the pain we feel.” We’re grieving and angry.
As Adams spoke, Patrick Lynch, the head of New York City’s largest police union was beside him
Keechant, New York’s police commissioner, stated that she had’struggling finding the right words to describe the tragedy we’re experiencing’
Adams said enough was enough.
“We have to save the city together. This is what we have to do,” he stated, speaking from the Harlem hospital.
“The unity of combating this war goes beyond rhetoric.
“It is now that we must save this city.”
Adams stated that there must be more to prevent weapons from flooding into New York City. It is difficult to legally obtain a firearm in New York City.
“Let me make it clear. New York City does not have any gun manufacturing facilities. He said that we don’t manufacture guns in New York City.
“How do we get rid of thousands of guns on the street, but they find their ways onto streets and the hands and pleasures of criminals?”
Washington must join our efforts and take immediate action to end the flow of weapons into New York City and other cities.
Since Eric Adams became mayor of New York City, crime has risen by 35 percent
In the Big Apple, overall crime has risen by 35 percent
Adams demanded more from the federal government to stop the bloodshed.
“We are all witnesses” He said that he witnessed the murders as well as the inability of the federal government to stem the flow guns into the city.
“We will not live with these criminals.”
He asked the police to not ‘give-up on this city.’ The saddened, angry officers were told to disregard criticisms on social media and to continue protecting the residents.
He stated, “Don’t let these people down in this city,” ‘Don’t give up.
“Don’t believe they won’t allow you to do what’s necessary.
“Twitter” and Instagram aren’t the people in this city.
“We will protect the city.” This is our commitment and promise.
Lynch, chief union official, asked New Yorkers for support at Rivera’s funeral, which will be announced when it happens.
Lynch said on January 4 that he is concerned about Alvin Bragg as the new Manhattan District attorney and his “soft on crime” policies
He said, “We brought our brother here,”
“We took him in. He’ll be our shoulder.
“But it cannot be us alone.
We will be sad. We also need you.
The streets of New York City are not just filled with police officers during this funeral.
“The public should come.
“The public must send a message that anyone who dares harm New York City Police officers should not be here, now, or today.
“We are humbly asking for your assistance.”
Adams (61), retired as a Captain from the Police Force after 22 years of service and entered politics in 2006.
Bill de Blasio, Adams’ predecessor and a Democrat himself, had a difficult relationship to police. He was also subjected to constant attack from the police unions at the end of his second term, as they felt he had not done enough.
Adams, on the contrary, represented himself as tough against crime and respecting human right’s. Adams strongly rejected calls to defund police from progressives – de Blasio had in July 2020 cut $1 billion off the NYPD budget. This further angered officers.
Adams campaigned on the claim that his experience, both as an officer and as someone who was ‘assaulted by police officers,’ has helped him better understand the situation.
Adams is also being criticized because he believes that certain controversial tactics such as’stop-andfrisk’ may help police officers in their job.
He declared, “I became a Police Officer, I understand Crime, and I also understand Police Abuse,” after winning the difficult-fought Democratic Primary in July 2021.
“And I know how to turn around New York and America. Our country is in an awful place. We can change this nation, this city around.
Adams stated that he ran as mayor in order to “turn pain into purposes” because many people feel that they were ‘betrayed by leaders.
“My fellow New Yorkers. That betrayal ceases on January 1,” he stated. We are determined to change the world.
But he’s had three difficult weeks as a new president.
This week, he attended the vigil to remember a Deloitte 40-year-old executive, who was killed by a homeless man. He also traveled to Times Square for the scene of a Bronx murder, where a little girl was gunned in the head.
A 19-year old woman was also shot and killed by a robber at East Harlem Burger King.
Adams stated at the time that Adams would not “surrender” the city.
Brian Mulkeen (the last NYPD officer killed in the line-of-duty) was struck by friendly fire after struggling with an armied man.
Mulkeen’s death came about seven months after Det. Brian Simonsen died in friendly fire as he was attempting to confront a suspect in a robbery at Queens’ cell phone shop.
2017: Officer Miosotis Familia was attacked by a gunman while she was writing in her notebook at a mobile command station. On June 16, 2016, Sergeant. Paul Tuozzolo was gunned down by an accomplice who broke into his wife’s house.
Officer Randolph Holder was killed in New York by a biker in 2015. Officer Brian Moore was also shot in Queens in 2015.
Rafael Ramos, and Wenjian Luu, were killed by the man who attacked them in Brooklyn in 2005.