10 Jul 2012 10:38 AM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: NYPD Chart of Violence from July 2 to 8 (Image Source: NYPD)
A whopping eight more New York City residents fell victim to gunfire yesterday as the country’s most populated metropolitan area continues to struggle with an astoundingly worrisome increase in gun violence.
Following yesterday’s shootings, which claimed the lives of three of the eight victims, the NYPD released a series of frightening statistics that illustrated a significant jump in gun-related violence in the past year, which worked to contradict Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s assertion that gun crime “traditionally” peaks during the heat of the summer.
Total gun incidents during this week rose from 47 in 2011 to 62 in 2012.
According to the numbers released by the police, July 2 through July 8 saw a whopping 77 people shot in the five boroughs. Last year, the same week saw only 60 people victimized by gunplay, making the mayor’s claim of a usual 4th of July spike a little more dubious.
“It’s true that this particular week of the Fourth of July traditionally has been a very high-crime shooting, murder week,” Bloomberg said.
The past week has seen 16 killings come from 18 shooting incidents, including the death of a 3-year-old boy in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
“It’s an outrage ... I hope this week is just an aberration in the statistics, but we are working as hard as we can to stop it,” the mayor continued.
But the troubling increase is not exclusive to the summer months. The report shows that close to 900 people have been shot since January 1—880 to be exact—when last year the number was only 803.
The Post also explains that Bloomberg had a heated exchange with a reporter recently, when asked if there was more his office could be doing to combat the violence.
“If there was, don’t you think we would do it?” the mayor asked. “I mean, what kind of question ... Let me repeat what [Police Commissioner] Ray Kelly is constantly [saying]: If you have any suggestions, we’d be happy to hear it. We are doing every single thing we can to keep you and your kids safe.”