Including the final phase of Operation Crew Cut, a total of 50 members or leaders of four violent gangs have been charged with murder, assault, narcotics possession and on gun-related crimes, according to authorities.
According to officials, there have been 329 murders through Dec. 22, compared with 413 in 2012, a 20.3 percent decrease.
The victims have been identified as Tariq Romane, 21, and Rahmel Johnson, 20, both of Newark.
For many New Yorkers, it was surprising over 24 hours — or more precisely, what did not happen.
At least three people were killed between Friday evening and Saturday morning in shootings in the Bronx.
Both shootings occurred around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, but they do not appear to be related.
The victims were found shot to death in a parked vehicle in the city’s West Ward.
Shootings left at least five people wounded across the city early Sunday, according to published reports.
According to police, the two suspects shot and wounded two victims who were standing at Clarendon Road and Flatbush Avenue just before 2 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Cops arrived on the scene in minutes and found two dead and three wounded, as the cries of family members filled the air where moments before children had been playing.
On the heels of at least four shootings this weekend, 10 gun buyback programs will take place over 12 months in all five boroughs of New York City.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said this weekend that when it comes to crime, July has been a “difficult month” for the municipality.
While cheering former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino and Jeannine Pirro, a broadcaster and former Westchester County district attorney, protesters sang “God Bless America” and held signs for the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Rogelio Rodriguez, 34, was arraigned on murder, manslaughter and other charges, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
The two men whose bodies were found in a brush fire in Queens were killed for trying to rob drug dealers, police said.