11 Killed In 44 Shootings Over Long 4th Of July Holiday Weekend In NYC

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July 06, 2020 - 3:30 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Police said 63 people were shot, 11 fatally, in 44 separate shooting incidents across the city between Friday and Sunday over the long 4th of July holiday weekend.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said in a tweet that the city saw at least 21 shootings with 37 victims just between 12 a.m. and 9 a.m. Sunday.

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Three more shooting deaths came in after that tweet.

In one incident, a 29-year-old Brooklyn man died after he was shot in the chest on East 170th Street in the Bronx near Sheridan Avenue around 6 p.m. Sunday, just four hours before three men were shot in a separate incident about a block away. In that case, two men were killed and a third victim was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in the arm.

The string of holiday weekend shootings in New York City, as well as Chicago, prompted a response from President Donald Trump, who tweeted at Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday evening that the federal government is "ready, willing and able to help, if asked!"

The mayor vowed the NYPD will double down on neighborhood policing and said he will work with community leaders to address the surge in gun violence.

"There's no question that as we're getting into warmer and warmer weather and we're feeling the effects of people being cooped up for months, and the economy obviously has not restarted to anywhere the extent we need it to, so there's a lot less for people to do. We have a real problem here and I think profoundly the fact that our court system is not functioning and needs to function again underlies all of this. We've gotta get things back into gear," the mayor said. 

"This is something we have to double down on to address and it's not because of one thing. Let's be really clear there's not one cause for something like this, there's a lot of different pieces. The fact that the court system is not working, the economy is not working, people have been pent up for months and months. So many issues underlying this challenge, but to address it, it's not just one answer either, it's going to take a lot of different pieces," he added.

At the same news conferencem NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan  offered a broader list saying, It's a combination of things, bail reform, COVID releases from prison, court shutdown, which has had Rikers half of where they were last year of the population. I've said this before, the animosity towards police out there is tremendous."

As Monahan put it, "Just about everybody we deal with is looking to fight a police officer when we got to make an arrest," adding, "it's vital we have our communities coming together to support our cops."

Deadly shootings were reported in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Harlem and Staten Island over the weekend with victims ranging in age from 19 to 45.

A 20-year-old man was shot in the chest on Atkins Avenue, near Pitkin Avenue, in East New York shortly before 12:45 a.m. Sunday, police said. The man was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A few hours later around 4:20 a.m., a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 27-year-old man was shot in the shoulder on 39th Street, near Avenue D, in East Flatbush. Both victims were taken to Kings County Hospital, where the 19-year-old was pronounced dead. The 27-year-old was in stable condition.

Then around 5 a.m., a 40-year-old man was shot in the chest on Sutter Avenue, near Mother Gaston Boulevard, in Brownsville, police said. He died at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center. A fourth man died in Manhattan after he was shot near Morningside Park in Harlem. Police said the 23-year-old man was shot on W. 116th Street around 2:40 a.m. He was taken to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3 a.m.

A fifth man was killed, also in Brownsville, around 5:45 p.m. Sunday. The 21-year-old man was shot in the chest on Christopher Avenue, near Glenmore Avenue, police said. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A 45-year-old man was shot in the head and killed around 8:45 p.m. Sunday on Gordon Street in Staten Island.

Another man was killed Saturday near West 11th Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem.

No arrests have been made in any of the deadly shootings.

Five people, including a teen, were also wounded in a shooting in Inwood around 3:45 a.m.,  PIX11 reported.

In the Bronx, outside the NYPD's 40th Precinct Station on Alexander Avenue, two officers suffered minor injuries Saturday when a bullet shattered the windshield of their SUV. It's not clear if it was a stray bullet or targeted shooting. That came the same day that someone threw a lit firework into another occupied NYPD vehicle in Brooklyn, injuring an officer.

Local Rev. Oswald Davis came out to support the police in the Bronx and call for an end to the violence. "This is a police station, they are here to protect us, put the guns down, stop shooting at our cops," he said.

Former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said disbanding the plainclothes anti-crime units was akin to raising a white flag.

The PBA blames the mayor and members of the City Council for creating an anti-police atmosphere.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea blames the spike in gun violence on Rikers Island inmates being freed early because of coronavirus fears and the City Council's ban on police chokeholds.

"We can fix this, we don't need a lot of new things. What we need is support and that's in short supply. We need tools, we need laws that make sense, we have to change that diaphragm bill that just came out of the City Council. It is insane and it is crippling police officers. Police officers should not have to worry more about getting arrested than the person with the gun that they're rolling around on the street with," Shea told NY1.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams wants an emergency meeting with the police commissioner so they can formulate a strategy to stop the violence.

There has been a spike in shootings in the city over the last few weeks. According to the Post, there were 205 shooting incidents in the city this June—the most since 236 shooting incidents were reported by the NYPD in June 1996. 

Between June 1 and June 30, there was a 130% increase in the number of shooting incidents across the city compared to the same period last year, according to the NYPD.

Police say the number of parolees involved in shooting incidents or murders is at a 15-year high.

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