The number of juvenile victims and gunmen in the Big Apple has tripled in recent years, with New Yorkers under the age of 18 taking an increasing share of the bloodshed on the city’s streets, a harrowing new police memo reveals.
The findings are part of a three-page data analysis prepared by the New York City Police Department and recently distributed to other law enforcement agencies in the city, of which The Post received a copy.
It shows that 12.7% of identified shooters were under the age of 18 in the first eight months of 2022, a significant increase from the same period in 2017 when 9.2% of shooters were identified as teenagers.
In addition, the proportion of teenagers injured or killed in shootings has also skyrocketed over the five years.
Teenagers made up 10.9% of shooting victims across the five counties in the first eight months of 2022, the analysis found — double the 5.7% rate reported in 2017.
Those under the age of 18 are far more likely to be victims of a shooting or be identified by police as a suspected trigger as the number of shootings in the five counties has soared amid the coronavirus pandemic.
There were 111 teenage shooting victims in the first eight months of 2022, a threefold increase from the 36 victims in the same period in 2017.
The increase outstrips the overall increase in gun violence, which nearly doubled in 2022 compared to 2017.
In total, the police have registered 992 shootings with 1,206 victims so far this year.
“It’s crystal clear that we’re failing our children,” said Richard Aborn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission, who has spent several decades helping shape police policy in New York.
The numbers, he said, back up the findings of alarming new research showing that the median age of children picking up an illegal gun for the first time has dropped from an average of 16 or 17 to just 12 or 13.
“We have to make progress there. It’s a national trend, but that doesn’t mitigate it,” Aborne added, saying officials need to redouble their efforts to provide parents and counselors with training and resources to better spot early signs of violence.
Last summer witnessed a series of horrifying shootings involving juvenile victims that deepened the toll that the now three-year spike in Big Apple shootings has taken on communities across the five counties.
A 16-year-old boy was shot in the face and a 12-year-old girl was shot in the arm in an accidental and still unsolved double shooting incident as they walked separately down Rev. James A. Polite Boulevard near East 163rd Street in the Bronx on July 25th.
Both survived, but others were not so lucky.
Earlier this month in Queens, a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed in front of 240-06 136th Avenue near Brookville Boulevard by a 15-year-old in the back seat of a car who accidentally fired the gun.
Days later, a 15-year-old boy was killed by a masked bandit in a busy park in downtown Brooklyn after he left school on September 7.
The NYPD report also found that teen recidivism rates have increased dramatically over the past five years.
However, it notes that the spike began before the pandemic hit in 2020, and state legislatures passed controversial legislation that raised the prosecution age for many crimes — including gun possession — to 18 in 2019.
It also comes with a second important caveat. When counting recidivism, the number of teenagers “involved” in shootings includes those under the age of 18 who witnessed a crime and subsequently gave a statement to officers, even if they were neither a suspect nor a victim.
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