NEW YORK – More than 30 people were shot, including 10 who died during another bloody weekend in New York City.
A 16-year-old teenager He was shot in the head Sunday in the Cypress Hills sector. The young man was reportedly playing basketball in a park when the event occurred.
That same day, an 18-year-old man was also shot in the head and is in critical condition. A 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg and is in stable condition, according to police.
The police have not made any arrests related to these cases.
At least seven people were killed on Sunday alone. The shootings are part of a spike in gun violence in New York City.
Yesterday, at approximately 6:40 p.m., an unknown male opened fire while hanging out of the sunroof of a late model Honda CRV at George Walker Jr. Park. The perpetrator struck three people, killing two innocent teenagers playing basketball. pic.twitter.com/ewcgr42BdG
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) July 27, 2020
New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the criminal justice system is not working:
“It will take all the different parts,” he said. “It is going to require that the prosecutors, the courts, the people who participate in the system present themselves as witnesses. When you receive that subpoena to participate in the grand jury process. We have to get our hands on what is happening right now.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city faces a “perfect storm” in the face of violence:
“We know that there has been an increase in shootings in the past few weeks, we know that there has been a real problem of violence that needs to be addressed,” he said. “The best way to address it is with the communities. You see it all over the city, community members stepping forward, elected officials, clergy, the Cure Violence movement, and crisis management system, a whole host of people and organizations occupying the corners, recovering the neighborhood, making it clear that violence will not be acceptable. ”
The mayor and senior police officials have also attributed the increase in armed violence to the slowdown in the judicial system caused by the pandemic.
On Monday, de Blasio called for the courts to be reopened as soon as possible, saying there has been a “huge backlog” of cases, with only half of the firearm charges reaching the prosecution stage.
As of July 26, the city had recorded 745 shootings, an increase of 73 percent from last year, compared to 431 in the same time period, police said.
Homicides increased by 29 percent compared to last year.