New York City was on track for another year with the fewest murders and shootings in recorded history.
A Jersey City man was shot and killed on a city street Tuesday, making him the seventh person killed in the city in the past five weeks.
Even the NYPD was surprised upon learning that the murder rate has dropped 25 percent for the first half of 2013 – coming off a record low last year.
In 2010, Suffolk police reported 50 homicides. That number dropped to 23 killings last year.
In his State of the NYPD address Wednesday, police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly credit “proactive policing strategies” with keeping the murder rate in New York lower than that of any other major city, as well as preventing terrorist attacks.
In his last weekly radio address for 2012, Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted the city’s achievement of an all-time record low in shootings and homicides.