NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Shootings in New York City were up 23 percent for the year as of the beginning of February, and the NYPD on Monday pointed to one possible reason for the spike.
As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, from 2013 to 2014, Deputy Commissioner Dermot Shea said there was a 22 percent increase in the number of people released from prison onto the streets of New York.
“We’ve already had nine people shot this year on probation; already nine people shot this year that are on parole in New York City,” Shea said.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the public should know there are very few people getting shot or killed in the city who do not have extensive criminal records. At least half a dozen known shooters this year have also come from prison.