A father has blamed the violence in New York City for the death of his Uber driver son, who was shot in the head during a shoot-out in Harlem last weekend.
What happened: Kuldip Singh, 21, was hit by a stray bullet during a shoot-out in the vicinity of West 131st Street and Eighth Avenue on Saturday, according to ABC7 New York. A 15-year-old boy was also critically injured.
- Surveillance footage released by authorities showed the boy in a gray hoodie getting into an argument with a teenage passenger of a silver car parked on the side of the street.
- The unidentified passenger, who was sitting in the backseat, shot the boy in his torso before fleeing.
- ABC7 News reported that the shooting was caused by an apparent attempted robbery.
- Kuldip was allegedly driving by the area when a stray bullet from the shoot-out hit him in the head, New York Daily News reported. The two passengers who were with him at the time, a mom and her 12-year-old son, were not harmed.
- Kuldip was taken to Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital in critical condition, and he eventually succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.
- The suspected teenage gunman was taken into custody and was held at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, New York Post reported. He was in stable condition.
- Authorities said the teen is wanted for questioning in another unrelated shooting, according to CBS New York. Police have yet to file charges.
The city’s violence: Bahadur Singh, the Uber driver’s father, expressed frustration and blamed the city’s violence for his son’s death.
- “I live in New York City and this is what I blame. We have been contributing to the city since we arrived, and this is what we get?” Bahadur told the New York Post.
- Kuldip, who came to the United States in 2018, had just started working for the ride-sharing company last month. He was the youngest of three siblings and was the sole provider of their family. Kuldip and his parents live in Queens.
- “I was proud of my son,” the father said. “He was the breadwinner of the house. He was the only one working. He was a good son. He was an exemplary kid.”
- Bahadur also lashed out at the alleged teen shooter, saying, “If he killed my son, he should be dead. Age should not be a factor. If he did it, he is responsible.”
- Community leaders from Street Corner Resources gathered at the crime scene on Tuesday to condemn the rising gun violence in the city and point out the bullet hole left by the fatal shoot-out, CBS New York reported.
- “I saw a family come by with some small children, and they were pointing to [the bullet hole in the glass], and the little boy took his finger and put it in this hole as to play with it. Something is wrong,” Iesha Sekou, a community leader, said. “This is not what our children should have to do in this community.”
Anyone with information may contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).