NYC homicides spike 21 percent, shootings jump 46 percent during first half of 2020: report

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July 01, 2020 - 2:21 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New York City saw a stark increase in homicides and shooting incidents in the first half of 2020, NYPD data shows.

Homicides were up 21 percent in the first six months of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, according to WNBC.

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There have been 178 homicides citywide through June 30 this year, while there were 147 homicides citywide during the same period last year.

The number of shooting incidents has also been on the rise—528 incidents so far in 2020 compared to 362 incidents during the same period in 2019. That’s a 46 percent increase.

The number of shooting victims also jumped—636 victims so far in 2020 compared to 415 victims during the same period in 2019, a 53 percent increase.

The City Council approved a $88.1 billion budget early Wednesday that shifts $1 billion from the NYPD's $6 billion budget. Critics of the move, including NYPD unions, point to the dramatic rise in gun violence this year, particularly in recent weeks. Over a nine-day period that included most of last week, there were 112 victims in 83 shootings across the city.

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