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New York shootings leave 23 injured in 5 days, including 10 victims struck in a single day, police say


At least 23 people were shot New York City between Sunday and Thursday, according to police statistics, as one crime expert warns: “Violence breeds violence.”

There were 18 reported shootings from 12:00 a.m. Sunday to 11:59 p.m. Thursday, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said Friday. Ten more people were shot during the four-day period than during the same period in 2021, according to police statistics.

There were 10 homicides reported for the same period, compared to the eight documented from Feb. 6 to Feb. 10, 2021, police said.

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A closer look at police data shows 10 people were shot in a single 24-hour period on Thursday, while there were seven shootings. One person was hit in a single shooting on Feb. 10, 2021, police said.

That same day, Mayor Eric Adams tearfully called on city agencies to do more to stop at-risk youth from getting drawn into crime and violence.

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Joseph Giacalone, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, told Fox News Digital on Friday that every type of crime has increased since the start of the year except murder.

Year-to-date murders are down 12.8% since Sunday, according to police statistics, but shootings are up 29.7%.

“So you have to factor in a bit of luck and good medical care, not just from the hospital, but the cops are being trained with tourniquets and everything else to try and stop people from dying after being shot. “, Giacalone, a retired detective sergeant with the NYPD, continued. “So eventually that chance is running out.”

Giacalone acknowledged that analysts have seen this upward trend in gun violence “for more than two years,” if not longer.

When asked what he attributed to the rise in crime, he pointed to “all the reforms that went into effect” and the NYPD’s past decision to abolish the Crime Unit, which he called it “the only tool that was really meant to deter”. criminals from carrying illegal firearms. »

“Here we are,” he joked. “When there’s no deterrence, criminals step into that void. And with no threat of going to jail and no threat of being sentenced to actual jail time…”

NYPD released new video of the suspected gunman who shot an 11-month-old girl in the Bronx on January 19, 2022 (NYPD)
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Late last month, Adams announced plans to reinstate undercover crime units, renaming them “Neighborhood Safety Teams,” in the coming weeks.

Speaking about Mayor Adams’ recent announcement about helping youth at risk, Giacalone added that efforts to stop violence and mental health are “awesome” but will take time – up to months or years. before they materialize,” or maybe not at all.”

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So the main thing you have to lean on is that you have to stop the violence because violence begets violence,” Giacalone said. “And if you let people out without bail, with illegal firearms, or if there’s a shooting and people don’t go to jail for them, the risk of retaliation becomes greater.” And I think that’s what we see here.”


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