Nisayah Sanchez has been identified as the dead victim of the shooting that happened on Wednesday, 29th of September 2021, on East 187th Street near Prospect Avenue in Belmont around 12:50 p.m.
Sanchez passed away early morning on Thursday.
It happened that two men jumped out of a gray Honda Accord and shot him in the head and chest, according to officers.
A report said Sanchez was a member of the Reyway Crew gang, a subset of the Crips, and had been arrested 18 times — 10 felonies and eight misdemeanors dating back to May 2017.
“The gangs are eating these kids alive, and the juvenile justice system is just feeding them more bodies,” a police spokesman said. “It’s kill or be killed.”
Sanchez was most recently arrested on Sept. 5 for weapon possession, and subsequently released, the sources said. He has three other open gun arrests — one from August 2020 and two dates from March of that year, according to the sources.
According to police, Sanchez may not have been the intended target. They said two men got out of the car, approached the victims with handguns, and fired off multiple rounds, and then got back in the Honda and took off, heading west on East 187th Street.
There was also another victim in St. Barnabas Hospital with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, he was shot in his left arm and right foot.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea spoke about Sanchez’s case
“My question is simple: How many kids have to die before we fix these laws?” he asked.
“[Sachez, who] was killed in the Bronx yesterday, has a rap sheet as long as my arm. We are not helping these kids by putting them back on the streets. In fact, what we’re actually doing is encouraging others to carry guns, because you have to because no one is being removed from the streets. It doesn’t take mass incarceration — it takes common sense and it takes leadership and courage to say we need to fix these laws.”
“How do you have a kid, a 16-year-old, arrested in months — three separate times with guns?” Shea asked. “And I’m not talking about the times he was arrested for slashing people, or with a machete, or with a dagger, because those are all facts too. What is going on on the streets right now is the real crisis.”