The New York Police Department was almost at a loss to explain a rare event: not one person was reported shot, stabbed, or slashed in New York City on Monday, the New York Daily News reports.
“Nice way to start the week,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, top spokesman for the NYPD. Neither Browne nor any other police officials could remember a similar day in which no gun or knife violence had been reported.
Monday’s peaceful reprieve from violence is part of a larger trend of reducing crime in the Big Apple.
NYPD historian Tom Reppetto remarked that the record year for murders in New York City was 1990, in which 2,245 murders occurred. In contrast, 2011 witnessed only 472 murders, and there have only been 366 to date in 2012.
Compare this to the measurably smaller Chicago, which is expected to top 500 murders this year.
Although no violent shootings occurred on Monday, a boy did check himself in to a Bronx hospital Monday with an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound in his leg.
Life returned to normal in the city at 11:20am Tuesday with the shooting of a man in Brooklyn.