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Mayor Bill de Blasio offered more promises and platitudes Monday, but little action after a 12-year-old boy became the latest victim of the soaring gun violence plaguing the city. CBS2's Marcia Kramer reports.
MAURICE DUBOIS: The mayor offering more promises after a 12-year-old boy becomes the latest victim of gun violence in the city. As we welcome you back here approaching 5:30, I'm Maurice DuBois.
JESSICA MOORE: And I'm Jessica Moore. One expert we spoke with says the NYPD needs more support to stop the violence.
MAURICE DUBOIS: CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer has the story.
MARCIA KRAMER: Evette Lilley is fed up with the city's inability to stop the gun violence.
EVETTE LILLEY: It's constantly of happening, and nothing is being done.
MARCIA KRAMER: Lilley, speaking out after her 12-year-old grandson was shot in the chest Saturday night when someone opened fire near Malcolm X Boulevard and Madison Street in Bed-Stuy.
EVETTE LILLEY: The guns need to go off the streets.
MARCIA KRAMER: But when I asked the mayor about it, the surging gun violence that saw shootings of 52% in the last week, all I got was a vague promise.
BILL DE BLASIO: Marcia, we are going to fight back this challenge.
MARCIA KRAMER: The mayor fell back on what has become his stock answer to shootings, murders, and gun crimes-- it's the courts, the economy, the pandemic.
BILL DE BLASIO: That really does matter-- getting the court system going, getting the economy going again, getting kids back in school in large numbers in September. All of these things are going to turn the tide.
MANNY GOMEZ: When I hear the mayor say, that I immediately throw the BS flag down and say there's no way that this has anything to do with COVID, the economy, schools-- none of the above. This has everything to do with the bad guys knowing that the good guys aren't really doing their job, because they're afraid to do their job.
MARCIA KRAMER: Security expert Manny Gomez is a former FBI agent and an NYPD Sergeant who worked battling violent crimes like the shooting of the 12-year-old. He says the mayor has made a lot of mistakes, like citing the Diaphragm Bill and eliminating the anti-crime unit in the name of police reform.
MANNY GOMEZ: That was the unit that was addressing violent crimes and taking guns off the street. For the mayor to say that it's going to get better if and when the economy gets better, if and when COVID goes away-- he doesn't know when that's going to happen.
MARCIA KRAMER: Manny Gomez points out that gun violence hurts the economy, that tourists won't come back to a city where 12-year-olds are shot and they don't feel safe. I'm Marcia Kramer, CBS2 News.