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NYC Has Already Seen More Shootings This Year Than In All Of 2019

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New York City’s shooting totals have surpassed those of 2019 with around half the year still yet to pass, according to a new report.

NYC recorded it’s 777 shooting Saturday after a 24-year-old was admitted to a Bronx hospital, according to the New York Post. The city previously witnessed 776 shootings for all of last year, the Post reported.

“It only gets worse from here,” retired NYPD officer and John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Joseph Giacalone told the paper.

A total of 942 victims, including both adults and children, have been killed or injured by gun violence in 2020, according to the outlet.

The city’s shootings spiked by around 64% in May and then skyrocketed in June when NYPD statistics showed a 130% increase in gun incidents.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the family members of victims of violent crimes gather at Brooklyn Borough Hall for a vigil against gun violence on July 8, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. 101 pairs of shoes and a casket are laid out at the steps of Brooklyn's borough hall to represent the 101 shooting victims in the 74 gun violence incidents that have taken place over the past week throughout the city. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and familes of crime victims gather for a vigil against gun violence. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)

The Boroughs saw five shootings from Friday night into Saturday — three of which resulted in death, according to the Post. The city was roiled after a 1-year-old baby was shot dead at a cookout last month.

The sharpest uptick in shootings in NYC has reportedly come from the city’s high-brow Upper West Side, which saw a 600% spike in gun incidents, the Post reported.

Numerous cities across the country have seen an uptick in violence following the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes.

Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attributed the spike in shootings to the coronavirus pandemic in a July interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (RELATED: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Blames COVID-19 For Crime Surge)

“In New York City, we’ve been the safest big city in America for years,” de Blasio told MSNBC host Joe Scarborough when asked about the uptick in gun violence. “We’ve had a very tough two months — no doubt — and it is directly related to the coronavirus — the dislocation it’s caused, the fact that our court system is not functioning yet, so many factors.”

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