NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A spike in gun violence has left over 100 people wounded or killed in dozens of shootings across New York City over the past nine days, police said Sunday.
There have been 112 victims in 83 shootings over a nine-day period ending Saturday, according to police. Most of those shot were expected to survive, but at least six people have died in the past week and others suffered serious or critical injuries.
The NYPD on Sunday released this info detailing the nine-day stretch of shootings.Friday, 6/19 - 8 shooting incidents with 9 victims.Saturday, 6/20 -18 shooting incidents with 24 victims.Sunday, 6/21 - 2 shooting incidents with 5 victims.Monday, 6/22 - 11 shooting incidents with 17 victims.Tuesday, 6/23 - 10 shooting incidents with 10 victims.Wednesday, 6/24 - 3 shooting incidents with 5 victims.Thursday, 6/25 - 5 shooting incidents with 8 victims.Friday, 06/26 - 9 incidents with 10 victims.Saturday, 06/27 - 17 incidents with 24 victims.
The NYPD said there have been 503 shooting incidents with 605 victims this year as of Saturday.
Amid calls to defund the police ahead of the June 30 deadline for the city budget, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said last week that the city's homicide rate had hit a 5-year high and that the criminal justice system was "imploding." The number of people shot has risen 42 percent compared to last year.
Brooklyn community advocate Tony Herbert told 1010 WINS he's anguished over the rise in violence.
"It has just been ridiculous how it has taken place, because we saw a serious decline over a five year period and we have working relationships to work with our police department with their community policing," he said. "Now look at what we’re faced with. I have not seen anything like this in my entire life living here in New York."
Herbert wants a 10-year, mandatory minimum sentence for illegal possession of a firearm.
"No conversation, no plea bargain, you go straight to jail if you have an illegal weapon," he said. "I guarantee you we’ll reduce the amount of guns on our streets."
On Sunday, a woman who was shot in the head in Brooklyn was fighting for her life.
The 30-year-old woman was in critical condition at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue after the shooting on Frost Avenue in East Williamsburg around 4 a.m. WABC reported the gunfire erupted at a block party.
A 31-year-old man also was shot three times, including in his elbow and hip, but he was expected to survive, according to police.
On Saturday afternoon, a man and a woman were shot to death in broad daylight outside a home in Brooklyn. Not far from the scene of that shooting, a man was shot and killed as he washed his car last weekend.
Hours before the man and woman were killed in Brooklyn, police said they’d arrested a 16-year-old man in an unrelated East Harlem shooting last week that left a 7-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man wounded. The suspect faces charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Police also announced Saturday that they'd arrested 27-year-old Ruddy Osias, of Queens, in the shooting death of 19-year-old Erica Lopez, of Connecticut, in Manhattan.
Lopez was shot and killed early Friday morning at the corner of East 26 Street and Fifth Avenue, near Madison Square Park, as she pushed a friend out of the line of fire. A 21-year-old man was wounded in the shooting.