New York City, New York – The shootings seem to not be slowing down in New York City, as there was a reported seven shooting incidents on August 2nd that impacted 10 victims total. When reviewing the shootings for the entire week preceding the weekend, the city saw a total of 32 shootings with 36 victims.
That same week in 2019 only saw 19 shootings overall.
— New York Post (@nypost) August 2, 2020
The current year is setting some disheartening trends and also records within New York City.
During the past calendar week in the Big Apple there was an average of one homicide a day – which is yet again an increase during the same period in 2019 as that same week only saw five homicides total.
One of the recent murders in the city took place at around 6:30 a.m. on August 1st. A 35-year-old male was holding open the door of a local McDonald’s on Dix Avenue in Far Rockaway, when an unidentified assailant walked up to the man and shot him once in the chest and once in the back.
A spokesperson for the NYPD stated that the shooting took place for “an unknown reason.”
A double shooting reportedly took place on August 2nd at house party taking place in East New York at around 4:30 a.m., which police say resulted in a 40-year-old man getting shot in the leg and stomach and a 42-year-old woman getting shot in her right calf.
Rudy was the best Mayor this City as ever had.
— Duke Nelson⚾️ (@duke5135) August 2, 2020
According to the NYPD, who have not released the status of the victims’ medical conditions, stated:
“They were standing there when an unknown male approached and started shooting.”
A neighbor of the house where the shooting occurred noted that the same home is a magnet for violence, having had a shooting there earlier in the summer:
“The police need to shut these parties down.”
The capping of the weekend violence comes on the heels of New York City having surpassed the total shooting incidents for the prior year.
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With still five full months left in 2020, New York City has managed to surpass all the shootings that transpired in the entirety of 2019.
Perhaps that’s what happens when you take a little bail reform, mix it in with some early jail release because of COVID, stack that on top of riots and toss in some economic turmoil due to businesses getting shut down during the pandemic.
It’s only the first days of August, with five more months before the year is over, and NYC has had more shootings so far this year than in all of 2019 https://t.co/Ww4zp4mMLm
— Craig McCarthy (@createcraig) August 2, 2020
A 24-year-old male shooting victim that made his way into Lincoln Hospital on August 1st brought the city’s shootings total for 2020 up to 777. In 2019, there were a total of 776, and we’ve just recently passed the halfway mark for this year.
The victim in the most recent shooting stated that he was outside at 135th Street and Alexander Avenue, not far from the Mitchel Houses project in Mott Haven, and told police that he heard some gunfire. When he felt a sudden pain – he realized that he was the shooting victim from heard gunfire.
Retired NYPD Sergeant Joseph Giacalone, who now serves as an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, stated the following about the alarming rate of shootings in the city:
“It only gets worse from here.”
Giacalone explained that with every shooting that occurs, it creates this perpetual cycle of violence in response to violence:
“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.”
When you pay no cost for your actions why would you stop your actions
— 🇺🇸John Q Public🇺🇸 (@mike38937334) August 2, 2020
The amalgamation of victims that have been affected by this rising violence in the city has done more than just harm the likes of gang members and miscreants.
Of the 942 fatal and non-fatal shooting victims the city has seen so far this year, there’s been instances like when a baby was shot dead in their stroller and a 17-year-old high school graduate whose life was cut short while having potential to be a collegiate basketball star.
The recent weekend of violence that placed New York City’s shooting numbers this year above all of 2019’s started at around 11:00 p.m. on July 31st. Police say that a shooter who wore a mask to conceal their identity killed 21-year-old Shaiquan Wilson just outside of 1741 Randall Avenue. Authorities have not located the suspect in that case.
LMAO nothing compared too Chi-town😭
— yo bm (@Trappashayy708) August 2, 2020
Hours later, at about 1:35 a.m. on August 1st, 34-year-old Forest Byrd was shot and killed just around the corner from his home located in Laconia. The suspect in that shooting is also at large, according to police.
Roughly half-an-hour later after the fatal shooting of Byrd, police say that 35-year-old Dix Avenue while inside the hallway of his apartment located in Far Rockaway, Queens. A neighbor of the now deceased Avenue stated the following about the area he resides in:
“There are shootings here all the time. There are gang bangers around here. When I have to come out, I come out and I go back in.”
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