New York City has had more admissions this year than in all of 2019, after another violent Saturday night toppled the scales.
A 24-year-old man walked into Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx bleeding on Saturday night, bringing the number of admissions to 777 this year.
Last year, there were 776 recordings, according to NYPD data analyzed by the New York Post.
“It’s only going to get worse from here,” said Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
“If the shootings go on, retaliation will do the same. It’s a vicious cycle that the NYPD has been working hard to mitigate, but they can’t and don’t want to do in some cases. ‘
NYPD investigates the scene of a triple shooting in Inwood, Manhattan, July 5, as violence intensifies
Scene from a shooting in the Bronx, July 7. Every NYC city is affected by increasing gun crime
The body from an afternoon shot in Brooklyn on July 7
For years, officials have embraced the title of ‘the safest big city in the country’.
Crime in New York has fallen dramatically since 1990, when there were 2,245 murders in the city.
Last year, there were 300 murders in the city – an increase of eight percent compared to 2018, police statistics showed. That was the highest number in three years, which troubled some residents.
In the year to June 30, there were 181 homicides – an increase of 23 percent over the first six months of 2019. From January through June 2019, New York City had a record 135 homicides.
Every New York City borough has been affected by the increase in gun crime, with 942 injured or killed and children among the dead.
Between June 1 and June 30, there was a 130 percent increase in the number of shooting incidents across the city, according to the latest data released July 6.
The Upper West Side has seen the biggest increase, with a 600 percent increase in the recordings recorded by the 24th Precinct, two blocks from Central Park – there was only one last year and seven so far.
Davell Gardner Jr was shot on July 12
The largest total number of shootings has taken place in two neighboring and notorious neighborhoods in Brooklyn – the pair of them account for 109 shootings, or 14 percent of the city’s total.
East New York’s 75th Precinct recorded 58 admissions so far this year – most in the city, and about 14 percent more than last year at this time.
The nearby 73rd Precinct in Brownsville has registered 51 shootings so far, up 50 percent from the 34 counted last year.
Victims included one-year-old Davell Gardner Jr, who was shot in the stomach on July 12 and killed while sitting in his stroller during a cooking competition at a Brooklyn playground.
Three men were also injured in the shooting, which took place near the Raymond Bush Playground in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn.
Pastor Al Sharpton gave the eulogy at the little boy’s funeral on July 27, calling the boy’s death “a disgrace.”
“If nothing upsets this community, to see this young baby in a box that doesn’t even need carriers,” said Sharpton. “His father could have walked him alone. This is a disgrace.
“I don’t care who you are, what title you have, how much money you have. If you can look at a baby and not stop this gun violence, you are not worth anything to anyone. The problem we have is too many people with titles, without functions. ‘
Al Sharpton comforts Davell Gardner Sr, father of the one-year-old boy who was shot dead on July 12
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, and the senior leaders of the NYPD have given several reasons for the bloodshed.
They blamed the corona virus and the associated closure of courts; anti-cop sentiment; and the discredited idea that prisoners released under the bail reform law were to blame.
The Blasio has only offered a vague plan to address the issue, which largely boils down to gun buyback programs and an increase in foot patrols in areas of high shooting.
He has declined to address the link between the increase in gun violence and the disbandment of the NYPD’s 600 unit responsible for gun removal.
The civilian anti-crime unit had been criticized for aggressive tactics that led to suspicion in color communities, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
The unit was disbanded on June 15, and the officers were reassigned to other jobs.
Police are investigating a shooting in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn on July 16
Every New York City borough has been affected, with 942 injured or killed this year
Shea said the move had not been made in response to national protests following George Floyd’s death on May 25 and a wave of demands to end police brutality.
However, it came in the midst of protests and followed an announcement three days earlier that the NYPD budget would be cut by $ 1 billion.
“We’ve identified savings that would cut more than $ 1 billion dollars, including reducing uniform workforce through exhaustion, reducing overtime, shifting responsibilities away from the NYPD, finding efficiency and savings in OTPS spending and lowering the associated secondary costs, “city council speaker Corey Johnson, majority leader Laurie Cumbo and other committee chairs, said in a joint statement after the decision.
The unit had achieved some success.
Weapons arrests were up eight percent from last year by the time it was disbanded.
Weapons arrests have fallen by 60 percent in the past four weeks, officials said Monday.
The troubling trend of gun violence started in May, when the city saw 64 percent more shootings in the month than in 2019.
At the end of June, the city had 205 admissions – a 130 percent jump from last year.