Gascón: ‘No one seems to care’ about German tourist fatality

Police Chief George Gascón told police commissioners Wednesday “no one seems to care” about German tourist Mechthild Schröer who was shot and killed on her way back to her hotel in Union Square earlier this month.

“In other communities my phone would be ringing off the hook,” Gascon said. “We should be concerned.”

Schröer, 50, of Minden, Germany, was shot while she was skimming a restaurant menu near 400 Mason St. after a barrage of bullets was unleashed and struck two other teenagers.

“They weren’t involved in any criminal activity,” he said. “We need to get angry and we need to be mad.”

He said police arrested five people and will be arresting more who came from an event nearby at a venue that did not have a permit through the Fire Department and attracted an unruly crowd to the tourism hub.

“They sold out. We had 15-year-olds carrying guns,” he said.

The discussion went on for about 15 minutes, until Gascón and commissioners agreed they should hold a joint meeting with the Entertainment Commission to assure that similar events utilize officers from The City’s Police Department.

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