Shooting incidents soar 130 percent from last year, new NYPD stats reveal

Maya Rajamani
July 06, 2020 - 3:53 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City had “one of the most violent Junes we’ve had in recent history,” NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said Monday, as the department released its crime statistics for the past month. 

The number of "shooting incidents" that took place across the city increased by 130 percent year over year, from 89 in June 2019 to 205 last month, according to NYPD data released Monday.

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Thirty-nine people in New York City were murdered last month — a 30 percent increase from last June, when 30 people were murdered, the data shows. 

“There is not one reason for the violence that we’ve seen over this past month,” Monahan said during a press conference Monday. “There are many reasons, and it starts with bail reform that began in January of this year.” 

Monahan placed some of the blame for the uptick in crimes on district attorneys’ “reluctance to prosecute quality-of-life crimes,” as well as City Council members who “don’t want us to deal with quality-of-life at all.” 

“Convicted criminals and parolees” released from Rikers Island due to COVID-19 pandemic also contributed to June’s statistics, he said. 

NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael Lipetri, who joined Monahan at the news conference, said 28 percent of the murders reported this past June were “gang-motivated,” compared with 3 percent last June. 

Nearly half of the shootings that took place in June occurred in 10 of the city’s 77 precincts, he said.

Burglaries and car thefts, meanwhile, increased by 118 percent and 51 percent year over year, respectively, according to the NYPD data. The department logged 817 burglary reports and 462 auto theft reports in June 2019; this past June, it logged 1,783 burglaries and 696 auto thefts. 

In a statement released Monday, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said the increase in gun violence “puts innocent people at risk and tears at the fabric of life in our city.” 

“The challenges are great for an NYPD facing the strain of deep budget cuts, changes to the criminal justice system that are impacting the courts and the continuing international health pandemic,” he said. 

“But through it all, I have seen our hardworking men and women display an unwavering commitment to the kind of fair and effective policing that defines our agency and that New yorkers expect and deserve,” he added.