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NY – GUN CRIME/LE – Following More Shootings, Brooklyn Borough President Adams Calls For Tri-State Gun Task Force

The number of shootings in New York City continues to go up. And now CBS2 has learned that the total so far this year has surpassed the number of shootings in all of last year, and we still have five months to go. Reporter Hazel Sanchez spoke to New Yorkers who are desperate for solutions to end the gun violence. On Sunday afternoon, police collected ballistic evidence from a drive-by shooting on Longfellow Avenue in the South Bronx. A 27-year-old man was shot in the thigh. A few hours earlier in the Weeksville section of Brooklyn a bullet grazed the head of a 16-year-old boy. While both survived, the escalation of gun violence across New York City is unsettling for many like David Harden, who calls the South Bronx home. “It’s very disturbing,” Harden said. “If somebody crosses them wrong — let’s say you bumped them by accident — they’re gonna shoot you. Because they can.” When asked if she feels safe on the streets, fellow South Bronx resident Kyeshia Bridges said, “No. That’s why I stay in the house.” The number of shootings in the five boroughs this year to date has now surpassed the total number of shootings in all of 2019, Sanchez reported. Last year, there were 776 total shootings with 922 victims. Over the weekend, the 2020 total surpassed that, with at least 942 victims, including innocent children like 17-year-old Bronx basketball star Brandon Hendricks, who was killed by a stray bullet in June, and 1-year-old Davell Gardner, who was shot dead in his stroller last month. Many are struggling to make sense of the shooting spike.  [full article]

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