NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Crime has been spiking in New York City — with shootings and murders up — and the NYPD is preparing for a long summer.
As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, top brass at the NYPD announced a plan Monday to keep crime down, amid concerns that gun violence is spiking even before the hot weather hits.READ MORE: 5 Cases Of Omicron Variant Found In New York, Gov. Hochul Says
In Sunday afternoon in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, a man pulled out a Glock with a magazine that holds 30 rounds, and opened fire on Malcolm X Boulevard. He fired 22 times, and wounded an innocent bystander, police said.
The victim, a 50-year-old man, was struck under his armpit and on his right shoulder, police said.
It was just once instance of firearm violence that the NYPD is trying to get under control.
“We’re struggling with homicides and shootings,” said NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill.
O’Neill said compared with the same time period last year, shootings are up 9 percent and homicides are up more than 20 percent.
Deputy NYPD Commissioner of Operations Dermot Shea said there were 31 homicides in New York City last month, and 81 percent involved guns, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported. There were a total of 134 shootings in the city overall in May.