According to police and records, the man suspected of shooting a 13-year-old child in the Bronx had just posted bail in a gun case a few months before, and was also on parole for a weapons conviction.
The horrifying Tuesday attack, which NYPD Assistant Chief Kenneth Lehr said “should not have happened,” revealed Hubert Wiggs’ prior charges.
“Today, this individual is on the street while on parole for one firearm and out on bond for another,” Lehr said on Tuesday. “Today, he’s strolling around with a gun in the Bronx.” And we have a 13-year-old boy who was shot in the neck but is alive today by the grace of God.”
Wiggs, 36, was scheduled to be arraigned on second-degree murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal possession of a firearm charges on Wednesday.
He was walked out of the NYPD’s 47th precinct, muttering unintelligibly after a police questioning there.
Wiggs was released on parole in July 2015, five years after being convicted of attempted criminal possession of a weapon and other offenses.
According to court documents acquired by The Post, Wiggs was detained in Manhattan on Feb. 24, 2019, after reportedly being caught with a loaded.380 semi-automatic handgun and a small amount of PCP in another person’s car.
According to the criminal complaint, he was accused of jumping into the driver’s seat of a car in Harlem without authorization while a mother and child were inside.
He was charged with illegal possession of a weapon, unlawful use of a vehicle, and criminal possession of a controlled narcotic, among other things.
On June 1, his bail was set at $100,000 and he posted it. The matter is still active, and the next court date is planned for January 18, 2022.
Wiggs was allegedly seen waving a gun in front of his residence at East 223rd Street and Bronxwood Avenue in the Bronx on Tuesday morning before opening fire on the teenager walking toward the train without saying anything, according to authorities.
The bullet passed through his neck and out without striking any veins or arteries. According to investigators, a passerby observed the teen dazed and bleeding and contacted 911.
Officers discovered an emotionally disturbed male acting erratically when they arrived, according to authorities. At the scene, a.38 caliber revolver with one spent bullet was discovered.
Khamani Garrett, the youngster, was rushed to Jacobi Hospital and was in stable condition. The victim was “weeping and looking afraid,” according to a hospital source, but “he’ll be OK, under the best care.”
“1 inch to the side & this is a totally different narrative,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted about the incident on Tuesday.
“I was telling my mom it could have been me because I travel the same route to the train station,” a 12-year-old boy who goes to the same school as the victim told The Washington Post. “He should be able to go down the street without fear.”