NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A deadly night in New York City trickled into Friday morning.
Police say at least 11 people were shot. Three men died due to gun iolence.READ MORE: Juneteenth Celebrations Across New York City Take On New Meaning In 2021
CBS2’s John Dias reports on what police union leaders are saying about it.
A baseball hat and used medical gloves are in the center of one of New York City’s latest homicide scenes. Police say that around 2 a.m., three men were shot at the corner of East 179th street and Clinton Avenue in the Crotona section of the Bronx.
A 60-year-old man died.
“A whole clip,” said Catherine Ortiz. “Had to be 10-12 at least, real loud.”
Two hours later, and less than a mile away in Tremont, a 44-year-old man was also fatally shot in the back of the head on Park Avenue.
Around 10 p.m. Thursday night in Downtown Brooklyn, police say a 23-year-old man was fatally shot in his head on the corner of Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue.
Another shooting happened about 30 minutes later in the Hunts Point section, police said. Two men were shot on Gilbert Place and managed to bring themselves to the hospital without first responders. It’s unclear what conditions they were in.
“After this pandemic and crisis, people are going crazy. For nothing, they want to shoot people,” said Crotona resident Leonard Josh.READ MORE: Man Allegedly Armed With Taser, Large Knife Arrested At Washington Square Park
According to the NYPD, at least 11 people were shot in six hours across New York City. The latest numbers show shootings are up 82% in the city compared to the same time last year. Gun arrests are down 8%.
“Some of the violence is because of pandemic, courts not open,” a Crotona resident named Kevin told Dias.
Kevin said he believe bad seeds are trying to exploit a tough time for the city.
“Who doesn’t condemn violence, except for the people who is doing it,” he said. “People want peace, people want equality and justice, but you have some other people who just want chaos, and any chaos that’s going on, they will take advantage of it.”
Friday, a “Stop The Violence” march was held by police and police unions to show support for local law enforcement. Leaders say certain police reform is the reason for the spike in violence.
“The criminals basically know, their hands are untied,” said Vincent Vallelong, vice president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association. “They’re not afraid of a police officer coming up to them.”
The president of the Detectives Endowment Association says bail reform and city ordinances that prevents cops from sitting, standing or kneelingon a suspect’s stomach or back are the problems.
“What’s going on is that the government officials on the state and city level have enacted laws that have handcuffed the police and the police cannot do their job,” said Paul DiGiacomo, president of Detectives Endowment Association.
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