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Bloody night in the outer boroughs with city murder rate on the rise

March 06, 2019 - 10:16 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The murder rate is up in New York City, and there was more violence on Tuesday night.

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In Bed Stuy, an Uber passenger was found dead in the back seat of a car, after a shooting near a burger restaurant on Bedford Ave. Cops are looking for the gunman who was on a bike.

Just four hours earlier, a 27-year-old man was shot and killed at 145th Ave in Springfield Gardens, Queens. No arrests have been made.

As of Sunday, the five boroughs had seen 53 murders, a more than 29 percent jump from the same period last year.

Police say Brooklyn North is the biggest problem area, where gang violence, drugs, and personal disputes have led to 15 murders. There were 5 murders in that precinct in the same period in 2018.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill said police have been adjusting to changing conditions.

“Every neighborhood has different dynamics that have to be individually addressed. We are always in the process of deploying the right type and amount of resources at the appropriate time and places,” he said.

Chief of Department Terence Monahan said additional officers will be sent to four precincts including the 34th, covering Washington Heights and Inwood, the 43rd particularly Soundview and Castle Hill, Bed Stuy in the 79th, and Springfield Gardens and St. Albans in the 113th.

Cops say they plan to focus on known offenders and domestic violence.

The overall crime rate for the city is down, but rapes are also up 19 percent.