Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nearly 100 people shot in New York City in one bloody week

For the week ending Sunday, there were 72 shooting incidents in the five boroughs.

For the week ending Sunday, there were 72 shooting incidents in the five boroughs.

Nearly 100 people were shot in the city last week - about double the number of people shot during the same span last year, records show.

Although it may have felt like the bad old days in New York City, the impact on the overall crime rate was minimal. Through Sunday, crime was up citywide a mere 0.1%, the latest NYPD stats show.

The numbers don't necessarily matter to New Yorkers, especially when innocent people are shot.

"Whenever we have a spate of people shot, people don't want to hear about statistics and they don't want to hear about numbers," said Eugene O'Donnell, a professor of police science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "The horror of what happened should not be lost in statistics."

For the week ending Sunday, there were 72 shooting incidents in the five boroughs, up from 40 last year.

In those incidents, 98 people were shot, up from 53 for the same period last year - an increase of about 46%.

The numbers don't include the 15 others shot on Labor Day, including two cops. Nor do they include the two men and a woman shot early yesterday in Jamaica, Queens.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD's top spokesman, noted that despite the weekend violence the total of 1,220 people shot so far this year is down 2% from the same time period last year.

Still, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly would like more cops on the street. "I'd like to get additional resources," he told WCBS-TV, noting that the city is down 6,000 cops since 2001.

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