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Democratic mayoral frontrunner Eric Adams on Thursday backed up his debate-stage anecdote about breaking up a subway mugging while off-duty during his days as an NYPD cop, arguing that Finest should carry their service weapons at all times for just such occasions.

Adams’ campaign released apparent NYPD documents detailing the 1985 incident, as well as the arrest history of the man he said he busted.

Adams, who currently serves as Brooklyn borough president, referenced the decades-old incident during last week’s first in-person Democratic primary debate when challenged by rival Maya Wiley on his position that off-duty cops should carry their service weapons.

“I’m off-duty on the train, I hear the yell of the Chinese man,” recalled Adams, claiming that the victim was the target of a “hate crime.”

“He was being assaulted and robbed,” continued Adams. “I was off-duty [and] I was able to stop those armed perpetrators from carrying out their actions while off-duty. The state law states that a police officer can carry off-duty because he has to respond 24 hours a day to any crime that’s taking place in the city.”

The documents provided by the Adams campaign indicate that Adams arrested a 20-year-old man on charges including robbery and assault on Oct. 27, 1985, in Lower Manhattan.

“Police officers take an oath to protect New Yorkers — and as trained professionals they are exactly who we want to respond to crime, whether or not they’re on duty,” Eric Adams said. Ron Adar / M10s / MEGA

The Post is withholding the alleged perpetrator’s name because the NYPD declined to verify or comment on the documents, and he could not be reached for comment.

The robbery bust was one of several arrests on the report provided by the Adams campaign, almost all of which are listed as sealed.

Adams has previously vowed to pack heat as mayor to save taxpayer money on a security detail, and encouraged cops to carry their weapons to religious services should the need arise to take down a mass shooter.

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Wiley — who last week rankled the NYPD’s unions by releasing a campaign ad in which she claimed cops don’t think her and other black New Yorkers “deserve to breathe” — dinged Adams on the trigger-happy stance during the debate.

“Isn’t this the wrong message to send our kids [who] we’re telling not to pick up the guns?” she asked. “We don’t want guns all over our city.”

Adams said in a statement Thursday — hours ahead of another mayoral debate — that he stands by his position that off-duty cops should be armed to help bust criminals at a moment’s notice.

“Police officers take an oath to protect New Yorkers — and as trained professionals they are exactly who we want to respond to crime, whether or not they’re on duty,” he said. “There have been many times I was able to stop a crime or catch a suspect while off-duty, and other officers do the same thing every day.”

Additional reporting by Steven Vago and Craig McCarthy

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Man wanted over shocking NYC shooting is pictured after gunman blasted victim just INCHES from two young kids

THE NYPD has released an image of a man suspected of being connected to a horrific daytime shooting that narrowly avoided killing two innocent children in New York City.

Police also shared harrowing CCTV footage of a gunman opening fire on 24-year-old Hassan Wright, who hid behind two kids to avoid being shot.

6Police are searching for a suspect believed to be involved in a shooting that almost left two children, aged five and 10, deadCredit: Twitter / NYPD 6The gunman fires several rounds at a target as he collides and clings onto two kids, 5 and 10Credit: NYPD Crime Stoppers 6The shooter lunged at his target to near point-blank range to strike him three times - but somehow the children weren't physically woundedCredit: NYPD Crime Stoppers

One suspect is described as being a man with sunglasses who dressed in black and a second as a light-skinned male in a white baseball cap, a red long-sleeved shirt and dark-colored shorts.

Law enforcement say Wright was the intended target of a hit that unfolded on Sheridan avenue in the Bronx around 6.45pm on Thursday.

In the footage, the 24-year-old can be seen crashing into the two youngsters from behind as he tries to avoid the menacing attacker chasing him with a pistol. 

While on the pavement, the victim squirms underneath the kids, ages five and 10, until his attacker opens fire a matter of centimetres away from them.

????Please [email protected] need your help identifying & locating the 2 men seen in this video shooting another man near 1551 Sheridan Ave. in the Bronx.

Yes, those are children with the victim, who were very fortunately not injured.

Call @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS with info.

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 18, 2021

At least a dozen shots were fired at the victim before the gunman fled on a scooter, police sources told the New York Post.

The intended target was struck once in the back and once in each leg and is recovering at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, police told the publication.

They suspect the victim was transported privately in a white Lexus with temporary New Jersey license tags before authorities arrived at the scene. 

6The 24-year-old victim who was chased by the gunman collided into the kidsCredit: NYPD Crime Stoppers 6The shooting victim can be seen clinging onto the innocent kids to give him coverCredit: NYPD Crime Stoppers

That car was found abandoned near the hospital, the Post reported. 

Police have not put together a motive yet but do believe the incident is "gang related".

"They'll shoot a anybody, at any time, in front of kids, during the day. This is what it's turned into," NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison said.

"We need our police officers out here and we've got to make sure we deploy more cops, especially out here in the Bronx. We're seeing a lot of the violence going back and forth."

Incredibly, neither child who came inches away from the fired bullets were hit despite the man on the ground using them as human shields.

However, the emotional toll is substantial.

That's why relatives are reportedly seeking a way to kickstart a crowdfund to help relocate them out of the neighborhood. 

6Cops said the shooter fired at least 12 shots, hitting the man in the back and the legCredit: NYPD Crime Stoppers

One Bronx resident named Kat, is fed up with the shootings.

“The gun violence is too much,” the woman told the Post a day after the shooting.

“Everything is just too much. It’s like he was careless… heartless,” she said of the shooter.

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The 31-year-old mother explained how the city doesn’t feel secure. 

“I see all this nonsense everyday all day,” she said. 

Nilda Hock, a 75-year-old resident who lives nearby the shooting, told the Post that the state of the neighborhood has turned for the worse. 

“A lot of bad things happen in this neighborhood,” she said.


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