NYPD looks at the rise in violence.
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“Not even the Upper East Side is safe,” said a police source in reference to the elegant neighborhood of Manhattan (NYC) where yesterday a 20-year-old was shot while sitting in a car in broad daylight.
The shooting occurred just before 2:30 p.m. on East 95th Street between Lexington and Park avenues, where an armed stranger he approached the car and shot the victim in the stomach.
The young man, whose name was not released at the time, was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital where he died. The gunman fled in a white sedan. It was the third shooting on the Upper East Side this year, the New York Post noted, citing data from the Police Department.
The homicide occurred yesterday, after NYC lived the bloodiest week so far in 2021. NYPD data shows that 50 people were shot in 46 separate incidents during the seven-day period ending Sunday at night, a increase of more than 250% compared to the same week in 2020, although similar to 2019.
According to NYPD, so far this year, 376 shootings with 416 victims have been reported, and they fear more as summer approaches, usually the most violent time. This past weekend alone there were two dozen shootings in the bloody streak. While, firearms arrests are down compared to last year.
The criminal reform activated in January 2020 has been accused of the increase in crime in NYC, in addition to the subsequent release of prisoners to avoid coronavirus infections in prisons.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly attributed the worrying rise in gun violence to a “perfect storm” of variables caused by the pandemic, including unemployment and a slowdown in judicial work. But the evidence shows otherwise, since the shootings have shown no signs of slowing down even as the city and state have been reopening their spaces.