Starting this Monday, about 20 migrant shelters in New York City will apply a curfew between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am local time, joining other major shelters that have already implemented these restrictions.
The decision by city authorities to extend the curfew comes after this weekend a 15-year-old Latin American teenager was arrested as the alleged perpetrator of a shooting that happened last Thursday at a hardware store in Sports . in Times Square, where a Brazilian tourist was injured.
The suspect, a Venezuelan national, lives in an immigrant shelter with two friends, who also accompanied him during the incident.
The three boys (15 and 16 years old) were leaving the store with several items without paying, and when a security guard asked them to stop, the accused pulled out a 40-caliber pistol and aimed at the worker but fired into the crowd.
As he escaped, the armed boy, who was being chased by an agent, shot at him but did not injure him.
Law enforcement has posted a poster with a photo of José Alejandro and a reward of $13,500 to anyone who provides the information needed to arrest him.
This is not the only incident involving immigrants living in municipal shelters: on January 27, a group of immigrants was recorded outside their shelter beating a policeman to the ground. Images of this event led Republican. and Democratic politicians to protest insecurity in the Big Apple.
The 20 shelters added to the restrictions now house about 3,600 people, according to local network ABC7. Throughout the city, there are about 200 shelters that house thousands of migrants.