In the first week since its anti-crime units dedicated to rooting out illegal guns were disbanded, New York City suffered a 358% surge in shootings.
Last week, there were 55 shootings in the city, up from 12 the same week a year ago, local NBC affiliate News 4 reports:
“New York City shootings over the last seven days skyrocketed by more than 358 percent compared with the same time period in 2019, from just 12 last year to 55 in 2020, according to NYPD data News 4 reported Monday:
“A total of 74 people were wounded in the 55 shootings, at least 19 of them injured in more than a dozen shootings across the five boroughs on Saturday alone.”
Last Monday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanded the department’s undercover anti-crime units dedicated to finding people possessing illegal guns in the city.
“This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone,” one angry law enforcement source said Friday, The New York Post reports.
In order to combat gun violence, the city is investing $10 million in new crisis management systems in the 20 precincts with the most gun violence, Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.