New York City had more shootings this year than it had throughout 2019 after another violent Saturday night tipped the scales and seven shootouts followed in the early hours of Sunday.
Another 10 victims were reported on Sunday – including two people who were met during a party in East New York.
The news cut a week during which police sources said an average of one murder per day was recorded.
There have been 32 shootings in the past seven days, leaving 36 different victims – far more than the 19 attacks the same week last year.
On Saturday evening, a 24-year-old man went to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx bleeding, bringing the number of shootings to 777 that year.
Last year, according to the New York Post, 776 shootings were registered.
"It only gets worse from here," said Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
& # 39; As the shootings continue, retaliation will also take place. It is a vicious cycle that the NYPD has worked hard to reduce, but they can no longer and in some cases do not want to. & # 39;
NYPD examines the triple shooting scene in Inwood, Manhattan, on July 5, as the violence increases
Bronx shootout on July 7th. Every district in NYC is affected by increasing arms crime
The body at the afternoon shooting site in Brooklyn on July 7th
The shootout at a house party in East New York took place in a house where neighbors said there had been problems earlier.
A 40-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and leg while a 42-year-old woman was hit in the right calf at 4:30 a.m., the NYPD said.
"They were standing there when an unknown man approached and started shooting," said a NYPD spokesman.
Both were taken to Brookdale Hospital, where their condition was not released.
A neighbor complained that the party – a gathering around a refrigerator in an alley between two houses – started at 8:00 p.m. and went on and on and did not end until the shots were fired early in the morning.
"The police have to close these parties," said the neighbor, adding that there was shooting in early summer.
For years, officials have accepted the title of "the safest city in the country."
Crime in New York City has dropped dramatically since 1990 when 2,245 people were killed in the city.
There were 300 murders in the city last year – an increase of eight percent compared to 2018, as police statistics showed. That was the highest number in three years, which alarmed some residents.
There were 181 murders in the year ending June 30 – an increase of 23 percent over the first half of 2019. From January to June 2019, New York City had a record low of 135 murders.
And the gun crime has grown exponentially.
Five years ago, 1,138 shootings were registered. The number has since dropped to a low of 754 in 2018.
Since then, the number has increased and 2020 will be a depressingly dangerous year.
In the past five years, the number of shootings has dropped to a low of 754 in 2018, but is now increasing
Every neighborhood in New York City is affected by the increase in gun crime. 952 people were injured or killed, and children among the dead.
Between June 1 and 30, the number of shooting events across the city increased 130 percent, according to the latest data released on July 6.
The Upper West Side saw the biggest increase. The 24th district, two blocks from Central Park, saw a 600 percent increase in shootings. There was only one at the time last year, and so far there have been seven.
Davell Gardner Jr was shot on July 12th
The largest total number of shootings took place in two neighboring and notoriously troubled districts of Brooklyn – the two accounted for 109 of the 777 shootings, which is 14 percent of the city's total.
The 75th district of East New York has had 58 shootings so far this year – most in the city and about 14 percent more than last year.
The nearby 73rd district in Brownsville has seen 51 shootings to date, up 50 percent from the 34 last year.
Among the victims was one-year-old Davell Gardner Jr., who was shot and killed on July 12 in his stroller while cooking in a Brooklyn playground.
Three men were also wounded in the shootout near the Raymond Bush playground in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Reverend Al Sharpton gave the eulogy at the little boy's funeral on July 27 and called the boy's death "a shame".
"If nothing shakes this community, seeing this young baby in a coffin who doesn't even need a coffin carrier," said Sharpton. “His father could have brought him down alone. That's a shame.
"I don't care who you are, what title you have, how much money you have. If you look at a baby and you can't stop that gun violence, you're worth nothing to anyone. The problem we have is too many people with titles, not functions. & # 39;
Al Sharpton consoles Davell Gardner Sr., the father of the one-year-old boy who was shot on July 12
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD senior leaders have given various reasons for the bloodshed.
You have blamed the coronavirus and the related closure of courts; Anti-cop mood; and the discredited idea that inmates released under the bail reform law were to blame.
De Blasio has only presented a vague plan to combat the problem, largely due to weapons buy-back programs and an increase in foot patrols in high-fire areas.
He has refused to address the connection between the increase in gun violence and the dissolution of the NYPD's 600 officers unit, which is responsible for taking weapons off the street.
The civilian anti-crime unit has been criticized for aggressive tactics that, according to NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea, have led to distrust of color communities.
The unit was disbanded on June 15 and the officers were reassigned to other jobs.
Police investigate a shootout in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn on July 16
Every district in New York City is affected. This year, 942 people were injured or killed
Shea said the move was not in response to national protests after George Floyd's death on May 25 and an increase in calls for an end to police brutality.
However, it came in the middle of the protests and followed an announcement three days earlier that the NYPD budget would be cut by $ 1 billion.
"We have identified savings that would save over $ 1 billion, including reducing the number of employees from wear and tear, reducing overtime, shifting responsibilities from the NYPD, identifying efficiency and savings in OTPS spending, and more the reduction in related costs, "said Corey, Johnson City Council spokesman, majority leader Laurie Cumbo and other committee chairmen in a joint statement after the decision.
The unit had achieved some success.
Arms arrests increased eight percent year-over-year at the time of the resolution.
The number of gun arrests has dropped by 60 percent in the past four weeks, officials said on Monday.
The worrying trend in gun violence began in May when the city saw a 64 percent increase in shootings during the month compared to 2019.
By the end of June, the city had reached 205 shootings – an increase of 130 percent over the previous year.