The family of a Goldman Sachs employee shot dead while riding a New York City subway train to brunch in a random and apparently unprovoked attack has taken aim at Mayor Eric Adams for allowing crime levels to spiral out of control.
Daniel Enriquez, 48, was riding the Q train from his home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, to Manhattan on Sunday morning when an unnamed gunman opened fire as the train was crossing the Manhattan Bridge.
The incident occurred in broad daylight at 11:42 a.m. before the shooter fled from Canal Street station and remains on the run.
Griselda Vile, Enriquez’ sister, spoke on Sunday night about the pain her family was suffering as a result of the attack.
‘No one, no one, no one should have this happen to their family,’ Vile told the New York Post.
She also attacked New York City’s recently implemented bail reform laws, saying, ‘the worst part is, even if they catch this person he’s going to be out again.’
Vile then took aim at Mayor Adams – an ex-cop who was elected on a promise to stop crime in the city – and NYPD Chief Keechant Sewell.
‘I wish you guys would go back to Mayor Adams and tell him the city is not safe,’ she told a reporter for the Post.
‘My brother just became a statistic on the way to the city. He was shot at close range.’
Daniel Enriquez, 48, was riding the Q train on his way to brunch on Sunday when he was gunned down in a seemingly random attack
Tape and blood are streaked across the staircase down to the subway on Sunday afternoon following the attack
Enriquez was heading from his home in Park Slope, Brooklyn over the Manhattan Bridge when the gunman opened fire without warning at about 11:42 a.m
Police are still searching for the gunman after he fled the Canal Street station in Lower Manhattan Sunday morning
Her husband Glenn put it a little more simply: ‘Do your job. Get crime off the streets.’
Vile said that he should be making the city safer so that more people don’t have to go through what they’re going through.
‘I want every New Yorker to realize this could be your reality tomorrow – your worst nightmare could come true,’ she said. ‘I don’t want this to be an attack on the mayor. I want him to focus on New York as a community.’
She also called on New York City to have more of a sense of community itself.
‘We’re five boroughs we try to look out for each other. We don’t feel safe. I don’t feel comfortable having my daughter take the train and now I have more reason to feel more scared. Now everyone who knows my brother is gonna be more scared,’ Vile said.
While murders and shootings are down 11 and three percent from the already crime-riddled 2021 under lame duck Mayor Bill de Blasio, overall crime in the Big Apple is up 40 percent so far in 2022.
That includes a 19 percent rise in felony assaults, a 12 percent increase in rapes and a 42 percent jump in robberies.
Transit is up the highest at 62 percent as well – and the the recent rise in subway crime has set New Yorkers on edge.
Enriquez’s sister Griselda Vile took aim at Mayor Adams (pictured) on Sunday night saying: ‘Tell him the city is not safe’
Officers crowd on the staircase down to the subway as the station was closed off after the shooting
NYPD investigated the scene after Enriquez was shot and killed aboard a subway train in Lower Manhattan Sunday in what police are calling a random attack
Sunday’s shooting comes just over a month since a gunman shot up another subway train, an attack that wounded 10 people.
Frank James, 62, pleaded not guilty to terrorism and other charges last week.
He is facing charges of committing a terrorist attack or other violence against a mass transportation system and discharging a firearm during a violent crime. Both counts carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.
James was arrested April 13, about 30 hours after authorities say he drove from Philadelphia and unleashed smoke bombs and dozens of bullets in a train full of morning commuters as it approached a Brooklyn station.
The shooting victims ranged in age from 16 to 60; all survived.
Frank James, pictured, has been charged with a federal terrorism offense over claims he opened fire on a packed subway train in Brooklyn in April, shooting 10 and injuring 23
Authorities said James’ bank card, cellphone and a key to a van he had rented were found at the shooting scene. Police also said they found the 9mm Glock semiautomatic handgun used in the shooting and traced it to James.
Defense attorney Mia Eisner-Grynberg had cautioned at at the time of James’ arrest not to rush to judgment and noted that James alerted police to his whereabouts. He was arrested in Manhattan’s East Village after he called a tip line saying he was at a fast food restaurant in that section of the city.
A motive for the attack is unclear. In numerous rants he posted on YouTube, James, who is Black, made bigoted remarks about people of various backgrounds and railed against New York Mayor Eric Adams and complained about mental health care he received in the city years ago.
James, who’s being held without bail, is due back in court July 25.