New York City Shootings Are Up 277 Percent From This Time Last Year

New York City experienced yet another weekend of gun violence following a week which saw the number of shootings in the city nearly triple compared to last year.

According to the New York Post, at least one person was killed and 10 others injured during a spate of shootings from Saturday into Sunday morning.

A majority of the shootings, including the fatal one of a 23-year-old male shot three times in front of the Fly E-Bike store at 662 Nostrand Avenue, occurred in the Brooklyn area.

The previous weekend, a 1-year-old baby boy was killed in a shooting in the borough on Sunday evening.

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As noted by AM NY, the street in Bedford Stuyvesant where the 23-year-old victim was shot was just a few blocks from where New York Mayor Bill de Blasio attended a peace march to address the rise in gun violence later that evening,

According to official NYPD crime stats, there were 49 shootings in the city between July 7 and July 12, a near 277 percent increase on the 13 incidents which occurred in the same period in 2019.

The number of victims has also surged compared to last year. Between July 7 and July 12, there were 60 victims of shootings, up nearly 253 percent on the 17 during the same week last year.

The weekend's violence occurred as the city previously confirmed that there were 205 shootings in June 2020, a 130 percent increase from the 89 which occurred in June 2019.

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There has also been a significant increase for the year in total, with 634 shootings taking place up to July 12 compared to 394 for the period up to June 12, 2019, a rise of 61 percent.

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea previously blamed bail reforms for "emptying out prisons" amid the coronavirus outbreak, which he said led to the rise in shootings.

Speaking to CNN on July 16, Shea also said that a "perfect storm" of anti-police sentiment in the wake of the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd and a partial shutdown of state courts has contributed to the rise of gun violence.

"When you put those two factors together and now you add in an anti-police sentiment and new laws that do not help the police, it is a toxic, toxic environment," Shea said.

On Friday, July 17, Shea and de Blasio revealed a new End Gun Violence Plan which they hope will resolve the rise of shootings in the city.

The plan includes an increase in foot patrols to areas with high numbers of shootings, working with community leaders to address problems, and shifting detective and investigative resources to areas that have experienced an increase in shootings.

"For seven years, we have made this city safer through the NYPD's close partnership with communities and by recognizing the leadership of community leaders, organizations, and clergy," de Blasio said in a statement.

"We will continue to build peace in our communities and strengthen the relationship between communities and the NYPD."

"The increase in shootings and violence tears at the fabric of life in our city," added Shea.

"The NYPD has vigorously advanced reforms for the last nearly seven years, and our men and women officers continue to work hard to strengthen relationships with the communities they are sworn to serve. But we must do more.

"These new efforts are critical to stopping this violence but we need everyone in public to step forward to help."

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(File photo) Undated picture shows NYPD Cordoning off area with crime scene tape at scene of stabbing of Basketball Player Chris Copeland outside 1OAK club. There were 49 shootings in New York between July 7 and July 12 2020, a 279 percent increase compared to last year. Getty
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