A man who the police say fatally shot a 19-year-old worker at a Burger King in Upper Manhattan during a botched robbery has been arrested and charged with murder, Mayor Eric Adams and other officials said at news conference on Friday.
The man, Winston Glynn, had entered the fast food restaurant on 116th Street in East Harlem shortly after midnight on Sunday and pulled out a gun, police officials said.
He demanded that an employee behind a register, Kristal Bayron-Nieves, turn over cash, officials said. But as she crouched behind a counter and struggled to find the key to open the machine, authorities said, Mr. Glynn, 30, shot her once. She was struck in the chest and died at a hospital.
Mr. Glynn was charged with several counts including first-degree murder, robbery and criminal use of a firearm, the police said. A lawyer for Mr. Glynn could not immediately be reached on Friday.
As he spoke alongside police officials at the department’s headquarters, Mr. Adams said the fatal shooting was an upsetting example of the gun violence that he made a central part of his campaign last year and has pledged to tackle in City Hall.
“I visited Kristal’s mother and just saw the pain on her face, and saw how much this incident just tore her apart,” Mr. Adams said. “I don’t come to press conferences of arrests. But this one was so personal.”
The killing of Ms. Bayron-Nieves was another painful loss in the section of East Harlem where she worked — a neighborhood where gun violence has become more common.
Shootings across New York City had reached historic lows in 2018 and 2019 but jumped significantly during the pandemic. Experts say the trends showed hopeful signs of improvement in the second half of last year.
But the pace of shootings remains higher than it was before the pandemic and is particularly high in some sections of the city, including East Harlem. A few blocks from the Burger King in East Harlem where Ms. Bayron-Nieves was killed, an off-duty police officer was injured on New Year’s Day when he was struck by a bullet while sleeping in his car outside a station house.
The police said Mr. Glynn had been identified on surveillance video bearing a pair of headphones similar to those he had with him during the shooting. He was arrested late on Thursday at a home address in Brooklyn.
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