NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Armed violence continues to affect the city. Dozens of people were shot during the July 4 holiday weekend.
On Sunday, between midnight and 9 a.m., police said there were 21 shootings that resulted in 37 shooting victims. In total, at least nine gunshot victims died over the weekend, CBS2’s Cory James reported.
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Among the many incidents, two people were shot in East Flatbush around 4 a.m. Investigators said the incident involved a 19-year-old man, who was killed after being shot in the chest. The other victim was a 27-year-old man, who was shot in the shoulder but is expected to survive.
Another incident took place in Inwood and authorities told James that a total of five people were shot. The victims were between 16 and 31 years old.
One of those victims was shot in the head and is fighting for his life.
Another shooting occurred in Morningside Heights, where a 23-year-old man was shot in the back near West 116th Street. Authorities said someone took him to the hospital and then he died.
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Speaking on the radio Sunday morning, former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly pinpointed a possible cause of all the shootings.
“Here, the mayor eliminated crime units, which were probably the most effective tool that existed in the department for decades to combat violent street crime. So that was a direct sign of surrender, “Kelly said.
James spoke to Brooklyn County President Eric Adams, a former police officer, about the increase in crime.
“Many people were actually indoors for a long period of time, where a lot of anger and meat has been reported online. You have a lot of idle youth, there is no SYEP (Summer Youth Employment Program) and therefore there is a lot of free time, because of the proliferation of pistols. So we are seeing the perfect storm of violence that we have to have the perfect plan to respond to, “Adams said.
“We need to have an emergency meeting with the police commissioner, as well as all the organizations associated with managing violence in the city to draw up a real plan to deal with armed violence,” Adams added.
Complete No Show in Northern Manhattan !! Shame!! https://t.co/vF9KBWrZdS
– NYPD Patrol Borough Manhattan North (@NYPDPBMN) July 5, 2020
Meanwhile, there were harsh words for the Manhattan District Attorney from police leaders on Twitter.
The New York Police Patrol District Manhattan South wrote in part: “Manhattan DA Cy Vance, where are you? It does not appear in any filming scene! Our community is under attack … “
And Manhattan North wrote: “No complete show in Manhattan North !! Shame!!”
Vance’s office responded Sunday night, saying it is generally the responsibility of the assistant prosecutor to report to crime scenes, adding that it is unclear what he could do himself if he appeared.
A City Hall spokesman told CBS2: “The health and safety of New Yorkers is our top priority, so we are investigating trouble spots with the New York Police.”
Shooting increased 140% and shooting victims increased nearly 160% during this time last year. President Donald Trump said the federal government will step in to help if necessary.
The crime numbers for Chicago and New York are far above. 67 people shot in Chicago, 13 died. The shootings skyrocketed significantly in New York, where people are demanding that @NYGovCuomo and @NYCMayor act now. Federal government ready, willing and able to help, if requested!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2020
Video shows a New York car driven by gun violence
The images show a police vehicle that was hit by gunfire in the Bronx.
The shooting occurred just before midnight Saturday night in front of Precinct 40 in Mott Haven.
A bullet is seen going through the windshield of a police SUV, breaking the glass.
There were two officers inside the vehicle at the time. One suffered cuts to the face, while the other was treated for tinnitus.
It is unclear if the vehicle was attacked or hit by a stray bullet.