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NYC reports no shootings for entire weekend -- a first since 1993

October 15, 2018 - 7:42 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Not one person was shot in New York City this weekend, the first time that's happened since 1993.

Officials said Monday there were no shootings with victims reported in the five boroughs for all of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The last shooting before the weekend was on Thursday morning in Brooklyn when a 25-year-old man was shot in the stomach.

The gunfire free record was broken Monday afternoon when a man was shot in the Bronx. He is expected to survive.

Mayor Bill de Blasio boasted about the record while addressing the NYPD graduating class Monday morning, saying they were a "winning team for sure.''

But even NYPD brass was surprised by the stat.

”I can’t remember the last time we had a weekend where we didn’t have at least one shooting in the city,” Chief of Department Terence Monahan said.

Gun violence has been on the decline this year, despite a creeping murder rate. So far, shootings are down 3 percent while murders are up 8 percent.

Monahan said when NYPD brass huddles on Fridays to prepare for the weekend, the goal is preventing retaliatory violence.

“We had a terrible weekend last weekend,” Monahan said, “We moved personnel around to try to prevent retaliation and it works.”

He added that one shooting is often enough to trigger several more.

“One can turn into five if we’re not on top of it. We’ve done a good job of preventing retaliatory shootings. The tit-for-tat shootings are a thing of the past.” he said.