Lashawn J. McNeil, 47, opened fire on the officers, and was shot in the arm and head. He was undergoing surgery on Friday night. He was out on probation at the time following a New York narcotics arrest, and had four previous arrests in two other states

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. 

Police recovered an illegal Glock 45 at the scene, equipped with a 'high capacity magazine.' The drum magazine gives a gun 40 additional rounds, allowing the user to fire a total of 50 rounds

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, 22, was shot and killed on Friday night

Wilbert Mora, 27, who signed up in 2018, was left in a critical condition after responding to a domestic violence call

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

In 2014, McNeil had shared the controversial music video, ‘Hands Up’ by Uncle Murda & Maino, which depicts violence against white police officers

McNeil shared posts of a coming race war

Other posts he shared in 2014 included conspiracy theories that black people were aliens

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.

First responders saluted Rivera's body as it was carried out on Friday night

Rivera was pronounced dead on Friday by first responders.

A procession carried the body of officer River by W135th Street and Lenox Avenue

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

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'

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 allegedly arguing with his mother on Friday night when she made a call to police

McNeil was said to be arguing with his mom on Friday night, when his mother called the police

The officers' deaths are the first shooting deaths of an NYPD officer since July 2017

These officers were shot and killed in the NYPD’s first officer shooting death since July 2017.

The NYPD is continuing to investigate the case and was interviewing local residents on Saturday morning

NYPD continued to investigate this case, and began interviewing residents in the area on Saturday morning.

People held a vigil in Manhattan for the slain officer and called on the community to unite behind the NYPD

Manhattan residents held a vigil for the officer who was killed and asked the public to rally behind the NYPD


NYPD officers knew Lashawn McNeill, 47. They were summoned to McNeil’s New York City family home to verify a domestic abuse claim.

Between 1998 and 2003, the felon was arrested in five different states.

 1998McNeil was charged with unlawfully possessing a weapon in South Carolina

The matter was dismissed according to the records

2002: The man was charged with assaulting an officer at Allentown Police Department in Pennsylvania. He had a registered address. 

2003His arrests included a Pennsylvania felony drug conviction and an unrelated misdemeanor narcotics offense.

In the same year, he was convicted and arrested in New York City for felony narcotics charges. He was currently on probation. 

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. 


New York’s state bans drum magazines such as Lashawn McNeil’s.

After they were legalized in the country in 2004, after a federal ban was lifted, the state prohibited them from being used in 2013. 

In 1994, Congress and President Bill Clinton imposed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban following high-profile mass shootings that used semi-automatic guns and extended magazines. 

After Patrick Purdy, a Semi-Automatic Weapons holder, entered Cleveland Elementary School, Stockton, California with a weapon that could be used to kill five children and injure 32 more, the ban was first proposed.

The school shooting resulted in the greatest number of injuries and deaths at that time. This led lawmakers to ban assault weapons extended magazines and propose banning them altogether. 

Gallup, USA Today, and CNN conducted polls in 1993 that found that 77% of Americans supported the ban.

This argument was based on the magazines’ high kill rate. 

In the following year, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford wrote Congress to ask for a ban on guns and magazines accessories. 

Only weapons made after this date were exempted from the ban, which was then repealed ten years later in 2004.

As well as all efforts to renew the ban, every constitutional challenge against it was unsuccessful. 

It fell to the states to regulate the guns and extended magazines after the ban was lifted. 

New York City passed legislation in 2013 limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds.

Similar restrictions were also enacted in California and Colorado as well as Maryland, Massachusetts (Massachusetts), New Jersey, Vermont, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland and Massachusetts. 

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. 

NYPD rookie shot and killed in the back trying to make his community better and close the gap between police and residents 

NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, 22

NYPD Officer Jason Rivera (22

Jason Rivera (22) grew up five miles away from the spot where he was killed and shot. He said that he wanted the New York Police Department’s help to build community relations and to assist people.

According to the young officer, he felt inspired by the strained relationship between the NYPD and his community during the troubled Stop and Frisk period. 

Rivera, who was born in Inwood in Manhattan, wrote that he experienced a poor relationship with the police when he entered the academy to become a cop in November 2020. 

“I recall that my brother was stopped and foussed…I didn’t know then that the NYPD pulled over people and foussed them at an alarming rate.” 

Rivera stated that he felt bothered about how the police viewed him, his family and the community. He wanted to make a difference by joining the NYPD. 

He wrote that he came from an immigrant household and was proud to be a NYPD officer.

‘Growing in New York City I was aware of the impact my job as a policeman would have on this chaotic metropolis with approximately 10,000,000 people.

“It’s something small like helping someone with directions or helping them resolve an issue. It would bring a smile to their faces. 

He saw reform efforts by the NYPD and wanted to join the revolution.

“This is where I realized that I want to be part in the men of blue, improve the relationships between the police and the community. 

Officials from the NYPD and fellow officers of the 32nd Precinct pledged to remember the rookie officer who was killed and seriously injured by a parolee in Harlem. 

‘Tonight, we mourn the loss of a hero officer — a son, husband, and friend,’ the NYPD said in a statement. 

Jason Rivera, a 22-year-old police officer was killed in the line of service. We vow to #NeverForget Jason as his fellow Finest vow to honor his tremendous legacy of service & the ultimate sacrifice.’ 

A memorial lied outside the NYPD's 32nd Precinct to honor slain officer Jason Rivera, 22

To honor the memory of Jason Rivera (22), a memorial was placed outside NYPD’s 32nd Precinct.

A copy of Jason Rivera's letter to the New York Police Academy about why he became an officer

Copy of Jason Rivera’s letter to New York Police Academy explaining why he was made an officer

Members of the community came out on Saturday to show their support for Rivera and the NYPD's 32nd Precinct

On Saturday, members of the community came out to support Rivera and NYPD’s 32nd Precinct


Eric Adams, mayor of New York City, is seen on Friday night addressing the press and crowds of police officers at Harlem 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, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, urged all New Yorkers to attend Rivera's funeral, in a show of support for the NYPD

Patrick Lynch, President of the Police Benevolent Association, asked all New Yorkers for Rivera’s Funeral. This was in support of the NYPD.

A large crowd of NYPD officers gathered to hear Adams, Lynch and the NYPD Commissioner speak on Friday at Harlem hospital

On Friday, a large number of NYPD officers attended Harlem Hospital to listen to Adams Lynch, Lynch, and the NYPD Commissioner.

NYPD officers gather at Harlem Hospital after the shooting on Friday night

Harlem Hospital, NYPD Officers after Friday Night’s Shooting

Members of NYPD are seen inside Harlem Hospital on Friday night

Harlem Hospital, Friday night: Members of NYPD

Officers stand on the steps of the hospital awaiting news of their colleague

As they wait for news about their fellow officers, the officers are standing on the steps at the hospital.

Police officers are pictured on the scene in Harlem, where two officers were shot and one killed

Two police officers and one officer from Harlem were killed when they shot them.

The officers were responding to a domestic violence call on Friday night

Officers responded to a report of domestic violence on Friday night

The shooting is the first death of a members of the NYPD since Eric Adams took over as mayor on January 1

This is Eric Adams’ first murder as NYPD mayor since January 1.

A police officer stands guard on the corner of the street in Harlem

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. 

Adams was flanked by Patrick Lynch, head of New York's largest police union, as he spoke

As Adams spoke, Patrick Lynch, the head of New York City’s largest police union was beside him

Keechant Sewell, the commissioner of New York police, said she was 'struggling to find the words for the tragedy we are enduring'

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.

Crime is up 35 percent since Eric Adams took over as mayor of New York City

Since Eric Adams became mayor of New York City, crime has risen by 35 percent 

Overall crime is up 35 percent in the Big Apple

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 on January 4 said that he was worried about the new Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, and his 'soft on crime' policies

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.