More than a quarter of New York’s shootings take place in these six boroughs.
More than a quarter of all shootings in the Big Apple take place in just six busy NYPD precincts, all in the Bronx and Brooklyn, according to a citywide performance report released this week.
The Mayor’s Office report highlights the city’s most bullet-riddled neighborhoods, including neighborhoods such as Mott Haven, Morrisania and Woodlawn in the Bronx, as well as Brooklyn’s Brownsville, East New York and Cypress Hill, where about 27% of the shooting occurs.
“I’m tired of this. Sometimes you can’t even sleep because of the shooting,” said Ralph Campbell, 59, who has lived in his Brownsville neighborhood for 45 years.
“You are in your kitchen, you will be shot. It’s not safe,” he told The Post on Wednesday.
Police and law enforcement experts have blamed the surge in post-pandemic crime and lax state laws that make it harder to keep repeat offenders behind bars for the gun violence paralyzing these neighborhoods.
“These are historically high-crime areas,” explained Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and now professor at John Jay College.
“You’ve sort of come to a point where you won’t have the staff to do these things,” he said.
“If they can’t get Albany to change some of these ridiculous laws they’ve made, and you can’t get prosecutors involved, then it’s all going to collapse under its own weight.”
Police officers are trying to stop the violence by increasing the number of personnel in the NYPD’s firearms division, which now has 262 uniformed officers, and by deploying new firearms units dubbed “Neighbourhood Security Teams.”
The city’s plan to end gun violence removed more than 6,600 guns from the streets during October, according to a report released by Mayor Eric Adams’ office.
The report says that in the first four months of the city’s fiscal year, which began on July 1, shootings dropped by 16% and gun arrests increased by 140%.
But that was little consolation for New Yorkers caught in the crossfire.
“This is getting out of hand,” 22-year-old medical writer and Bronx resident Jacqueline Nduro told The Post on Wednesday.
“I feel like it won’t get any better. It’s as good as it gets. The only way out is to leave.”
Pablo Moreta, manager of Barbara Deli Food within the 44th district in the Bronx, said he actually heard the shooting from his store.
“When we call the police, they don’t come. After two or three hours they call: “Is everything all right?” but they don’t come,” Moreta, 28, said.
“If the situation does not improve, more and more innocent people will die. This is not good for the community. I want him to get better,” he said. “I can not move. I can’t close the store. We must speak and work. We have families.”
According to the report, the three worst precincts for shooting last year were precincts 73 and 75 in Brooklyn and precinct 40 in the Bronx. Two of them remained at the top of the list despite a decrease in the number of shootings last year compared to 2021.
The 73rd Precinct recorded 63 shootings in 2022, down 20.3% from 79 incidents the previous year, while the 40th Precinct in the Bronx had 52 last year after 63 in 2021.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct – the only police station on the list to see a jump in shootings from last year – reported 79 incidents in 2022, up 11.3% from 2021, when there were 71 of them.
Shootings that have affected these communities in the past year include:
- May 18 broad daylight shooting of 20-year-old Rockland County resident Jefferson Hernandez, who was shot in the head in Mott Haven after showing up to buy a motorcycle he found on Facebook Marketplace.
- Jason Perez, 17, was shot to death after being attacked by a gang of teenagers outside a wine cellar in the Highbridge section of the Bronx on May 10. Police later charged the 15-year-old boy with the fatal shooting.
- The April 8 fatal shooting of 16-year-old Angellich Yambo, who was shot dead by a stray bullet a block from her school, Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School.
One seasoned Brooklyn cop said gunmen tend to be “recidivists.”
“That’s really what it all comes down to,” he said. “No one is afraid of this system. Nobody is locked up. These are the same people you know.
“I don’t care how you grew up,” he said. “No concern for life. They do not care. Nothing bothered them. Until you start putting people in jail, everything will be the same. That’s really what it comes down to right now. Nobody is afraid of the system.”
Additional report by Amanda Woods and Craig McCarthy
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