NYC’s murder rate on the rise after back-to-back October bloodbaths

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October 13, 2019 - 11:31 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – It’s been an especially deadly October in New York City, and the murder rate is now up for the year.

Police data shows the city’s year-to-date homicide count is at 257—seven more than this time last year.

Two recent mass killings—a massacre of homeless men in Manhattan and a bloodbath at an illegal gambling den in Brooklyn—have contributed to the rise in homicides.

A homeless man has been accused of beating four other homeless men to death with a metal bar in Chinatown on Oct. 5. A fifth man was critically wounded in the horrific attacks.

And on Saturday, at least 15 shots were fired at an illegal gambling den in Crown Heights. Four men were killed and three other people were shot and wounded.

Earlier this year, in July, NYPD stats suggested that the city was on track for its lowest murder rate since the 1950s.

Last year the city had fewer than 300 homicides in a city of more than 8.5 million people.

After Saturday’s shooting, Mayor de Blasio vowed to end “the scourge of gun violence” in the city.

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