Crime Waves: ‘We’ve Lost the Capacity to be Embarrassed’

Tabloid fascination with last week’s Times Square shooting persists. The Daily News reports that the gun used by shooter Raymond Martinez could be linked to an interstate weapons trafficking ring. The Post‘s analysis of the gun situation: Martinez was holding it “like a character out of a rap video,” i.e. on its side, causing the weapon to jam when casings became lodged vertically in the chamber. Why would savvy rappers hold their guns in this manner if doing so causes them to jam? This remains unclear.

The Post also has reflections from Martinez’s fellow “Times Square Hawkers” on the aftermath of the shooting:

Kawan Tucker, who was trying to sell CDs where Raymond Martinez had done business, said the Martinez shooting is hurting a hardworking group of people scrounging for a buck.<!– ad(quigo_intext_narrow,/news,news_story) sports_story_lower sports_page quigo_lower 1482096 871776 440 225 * –>

“They’re treating everyone like we’re all one person,” said Tucker, who performs under the name “King Tuck,” and was wearing a black beanie with the words “I am king” embroidered on the side. “I don’t understand what we’re doing wrong.”

Meanwhile, in Long Island City, artist Susan Wolf was found murdered in her apartment, the apparent victim of domestic violence.
“They were a quiet couple,” a neighbor told the Post. “You never heard them fighting.”
But Wolf’s friends apparently had suspicions. Reports the Daily News:

“We didn’t want her to stay [in the apartment]. But she wouldn’t listen, even though she was afraid for her life,” the friend said.

Woolf had given the friend keys to her Long Island City apartment, pleading, “If you don’t hear from me, check on me.”

Police are now looking for boyfriend Tigren Tambiev, a furniture mover with “a severe drinking problem.”

And the Paraguayan government inadvertently appointed an illegal immigrant to a post in their New York consulate, reports The Times. Augusto Noguero, who has been in New York for 13 years, now faces deportation. The nation of Paraguay faces shame:

“We want qualified people with sensitivity to the needs of Paraguayans abroad, not political appointments,” said Miguel Acosta of Yonkers, the publisher of El Mirador Paraguayo, a monthly newspaper. “It’s more than embarrassing. We’re sad. Coming from one of the most corrupt countries in the world, we’ve lost the capacity to be embarrassed.”

Crime Waves: ‘We’ve Lost the Capacity to be Embarrassed’