- New York City surpassed the gun shootings total for 2019 on Saturday night
- By Saturday night there were 777 shootings so far this year, while in the whole of 2019 the city recorded 776 shootings
- By late Sunday morning that total had risen to 784 shootings
- The greatest number of shootings have been in Brownsville and East New York
- The Upper West Side has seen the largest percentage increase in gun violence
- Between June 1-30, there was a 130 per cent increase in the number of shootings
New York City has had more shootings so far this year than in the whole of 2019, after another violent Saturday night tipped the scales, and seven shootings followed in the early hours of Sunday.
There were 776 recorded shootings in the whole of 2019, according to NYPD data.
And on Saturday night a 24-year-old man walked bleeding into Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx, taking the number of reported shootings this year to 777.
‘It only gets worse from here,’ said Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
‘As the shootings continue, so will retaliation. It’s a vicious cycle that the NYPD worked hard to mitigate, but that they are no longer able and in some cases willing to do’, he told the New York Post.
The victim of the 777th shooting told police he heard gunfire at the Mitchel Houses project in Mott Haven, and only realized he had been injured when he felt the pain, the Post reported.
There were a further 10 victims reported on Sunday — including two people hit during a party in East New York.
The news capped a week that averaged a murder a day, according to police sources.
There were 32 shootings, leaving 36 separate victims, in the past seven days — far more than the 19 attacks for the same week last year.
Fortunately, Hizzoner is focused like a laser on solving New York’s real problems: Mayor Bill de Blasio says NYC seal should be re-examined.
UPDATE: Chicago has seen “a 150 percent increase in shootings compared to last July. So far this year, murders are up 51 percent…The city has been aggressive in confiscating weapons, having seized 5600 weapons up 5 percent over last year. It’s the people that use those weapons — gangbangers and wannabes — who need to be brought to justice. That’s not going to happen in Chicago.”