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Critics demand answers as to why accused Bronx gang shooter was on the streets

State Sen. Andrew Lanza, a Republican from Staten Island and a former prosecutor in the Manhattan DA’s office said when a convicted felon on parole commits a new crime, he should immediately be returned to jail.
“Unfortunately the Democrats running New York City and New York State don’t agree with that,” Lanza said. “Only in New York would a guy with this many violent convictions be on the street committing more violence.”

By Tomas E. Gaston

The gangbanger accused of opening fire on a Bronx street inches away from two terrified children was inexplicably set free after a knifepoint robbery — and critics on Saturday demanded answers about why he was sprung in the first place.

Michael Lopez was charged in the Manhattan robbery in January 2020, a crime he allegedly committed while on parole for other offenses.

“Somebody has to answer for this guy,” said Joseph Giacalone, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former NYPD sergeant.

Lopez, 27, was arrested Friday on attempted murder and other charges in the shocking June 17 sidewalk shooting, which was captured on video seen around the world.

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