A man was fatally shot in the head Friday morning in Brooklyn — as an increasingly violent New York City faces a surge in shootings from last year.
The NYPD responded to Miller Avenue and Fulton Street in the East New York borough of Brooklyn around 5 a.m. and found an unresponsive 39-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his head.
EMS responded and declared the victim dead. The identity of the victim has not been released.
A New York City police officer from the Crime Scene Unit stands by the body of a man who was shot and killed Friday morningochtend
The NYPD is investigating the death of a Brooklyn man after he was found with a gunshot wound to the head Friday morning.
Commuters on a raised subway platform look down to where a man was shot
No arrests were made in the case Friday afternoon and the investigation is still ongoing.
The shooting is the latest in a crime wave that grips New York City closely, particularly gun violence.
Many of the city’s most common crimes, including robberies, burglaries and large scale thefts, remain near historic lows.
When they arrived, the man, 39, was found unconscious and unresponsive, with a gunshot wound to his head
No arrests were made in the case Friday afternoon, the investigation is still ongoing
The identity of the deceased is pending family message
During the first five months of 2021, the total number of serious crimes measured by the police reached the lowest level since comparable statistics became available in the 1990s.
But since the spring of 2020, the number of shootings has skyrocketed: There were 181 homicides in New York City through June 6, up from 121 in the same period in 2019, a 50 percent increase.
That’s the worst start to a year since 2011.
At least 687 people were injured or killed by gunfire through June 6. In the same period in 1993, more than 2,400 people were shot.
And it’s the highest number for a winter and early spring since 2000.
Until the end of May, there were 564 shootings, compared to 318 last year, an increase of 77.4 percent. In the last week of May, there were 33 shootings in New York City. The number of shooting victims also rose 76.9 percent through the end of May, from 360 around this time last year to 637 this year.
Polls have shown that crime is the number one problem among likely primary voters in New York City’s upcoming mayoral election.
When asked during a debate Thursday whether police officers should continue to carry guns, all candidates said yes, except Maya Wiley.
Andrew Yang said, “My first act as mayor will be to go to the police and say ‘we need you’.”
A New York City Police Department detective standing under the tracks of a city train overpass investigates the scene where a man was shot and killed in New York’s Brooklyn borough
Figures from the NYPD’s CompStat website show that serious crime rose 23.4 percent in May, compared to the same month last year, the most recent full-statistics month.
Robberies skyrocketed to 1,082 in the 28 days to May 30, up from just 726 for the same period in 2020.
The number of crimes also increased over the same period, from 1,443 in May 2020 to 1,769 in May 2021.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has been repeatedly accused by critics of being “pro-criminal.” They said his bail reforms — designed to prevent people who can’t afford bail end up languishing in prison for months or years for petty crimes — put suspects back on the street to commit another crime.
During the first five months of 2021, the total number of serious crimes measured by the police is at the lowest level since comparable statistics became available in the 1990s.
Morale among the NYPD has plummeted under de Blasio’s lukewarm support. Crime on the city’s public transport network – including buses, metros and trains – doubled in May compared to May 2020, from 78 last year to 154 this year.
Both shooting incidents and shooting victims have so far increased 68 percent in 2021 compared to the same time last year.
A total of 13 people were shot over Memorial Day weekend, including: a 15-year-old boy who was murdered in the Bronx.
Fears are growing that the city is harking back to the dark days of the 1970s and 1980s, when murders and shootings were rife and it was nicknamed “Fear City.” Governor Andrew Cuomo has said New York City is now in the throes of a “major crime problem” that – if not addressed quickly – could cause irreparable damage to the Big Apple.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that he is enlisting the help of federal ATF agents to tackle the city’s crime problem, which he blames on police getting sick with COVID, rather than the cuts he imposed on the NYPD
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a partnership between the NYPD and the ATF on Tuesday to tackle gun crime.
He is widely blamed for the city’s crime problem, which police say is due to a lack of manpower due to budget cuts.
About 1,800 officers were cut as a result of the demotion of the police movement, forcing De Blasio to cut the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion. Nine hundred new recruits joined in November, but they are still nearly 2,000 agents out of the total of 36,900 uniformed service members from 2019.
Police said the spike in crime is due to the dissolution of the anti-crime unit by De Blasio, which had about 600 officers.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said at the time that the decision, along with other matters such as cutting $1 billion from the NYPD budget and banning chokeholds, showed that De Blasio and others are “bowing to mafia rule.”
“Let’s mark the date on the calendar and how long it will be before we have a conversation about New York crying out for more police.
“And I think that day has come,” he said in an interview last August.
Shea was notably absent from Tuesday’s press conference, where de Blasio announced his partnership with the ATF.
Instead, his deputy was there to represent the police. When a reporter asked about it, De Blasio got defensive.
“It’s all one team fighting for a common goal. This is a crucial time to talk about this partnership.
‘I want to give [Deputy Commissioner] John Miller credit.
“I wanted the people of New York City to hear about it,” he said.