The recent spate of shootings in New York City has reignited calls for gun control. While the number of shootings is down from last year, it’s still up from pre-pandemic levels. Eric Adams, the Mayor of Chicago, visited the scene of Wednesday’s shooting and reiterated his call for a ban on gun sales.
The NYPD says it’s investigating the shootings. The shootings took place near a Manhattan nightclub. Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the shooter. Authorities have not released any details about the crimes, but the investigation is still ongoing. The NYPD, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives, are working together to identify the shooter and bring criminals to justice.
According to the city’s Police Department, they are investigating a spike of murders and shootings that started a year ago. They’ve connected 716 people to at least 30 percent of the shootings in the city since then. The NYPD has also asked for more reforms, including allowing judges to consider the likelihood that a suspect will commit another crime. But Albany’s lawmakers have not responded in the same way.
Eric Adams, the mayor of the city, issued a video statement that described the shootings. Since January, the city has been working to address the problem of violent gun violence. According to the mayor’s office the number of shootings has risen to 296 between April 3 and April 3, from 260 six months ago.
Police and fire vehicles are gathered outside the subway station as they investigate the incident. Federal authorities are also present at the scene. According to Lieutenant Darrin Porcher of the NYPD, the investigation will be collaborative and include the New York City Police Department and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is also working together to determine the motive behind the shootings. They’re also working to gather video of the suspect entering the subway system.
The shootings in New York City last night added to the city’s gruesome murder toll. Although the murder rate in New York City is down from last years, it remains the second-highest in the past decade. A Brooklyn woman aged 74 was shot in her stomach and taken to a hospital. The suspect is a young man and fled on a motor scooter after the shooting.
Shootings spiked during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Twenty-four shootings took place, resulting in 31 victims, compared to 19 shootings on the same holiday last year. Those shootings were concentrated on Saturday and Sunday, when there were six shootings and nine victims. Seven people were shot on Saturday, including an off-duty Queens correction officer. Although Sunday’s shooting was the most fatal, it was still a terrible weekend in New York City. At the time, the mayor announced a blueprint for the reduction of gun violence.
Earlier in the day, a man was shot multiple times in the stomach in Queens. A woman was also shot in her leg and was taken to the hospital. She was not seriously injured. Two groups of people misunderstood each other and led to the shootings in New York City.