The number of shooting victims has gone up 51 per cent to 616 this year in NYC
In June, there were 250 shootings compared to 97 in the same month in 2019
Many blame New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, who has slashed police funding
New York state has suffered the highest coronavirus death toll in America
Two bullet-ridden bodies lay sprawled on bloodstained concrete steps. Alongside, relatives of the victims are wailing and collapse to the ground. In another part of the city, a gang of youths use spray paint to disable security cameras before robbing a corner store. Later, video footage captures police officers sitting helplessly in their patrol car as a baying crowd hurls glass bottles at them.
This is lawless New York – a city that was once America's glittering crown jewel but which risks descending into mob rule.
Murder figures have skyrocketed and a combination of the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests and weak political leadership is in danger of achieving what Osama Bin Laden never could: bringing the Big Apple to its knees.