The Bronx bleeds the Big Apple.
The borough has counted 83 homicides this year — nearly a third of NYC’s 261 homicides through Aug. 7, NYPD data shows.
It is responsible for 32% of all homicides, despite making up only 18% of the city’s population.
The deadliest precinct in the borough is the 44th – home to the Grand Concourse, Bronx Terminal Market and Yankee Stadium. There have been 16 murders this year, 33% more than the 12 in the same period last year.
Next are the 48th and 52nd districts with 11 murders. The 48th, which is at the heart of the borough and includes Belmont, East Tremont and the Fordham University campus, has seen a 22% increase (eight homicides) since 2021, while the 52nd — the Kingsbridge, Norwood and Bronx Park includes , and University Heights – is up a whopping 267% from the same time last year when there were three homicides. The precinct is where 21-year-old Law & Order extra Jayquan Lewis was shot dead a year ago on August 13.
The deadliest day of the week in the Bronx is Saturday, when 24 homicides have occurred, NYPD data shows. The safest is the Sunday when, according to department statistics, five murders took place.
This year’s bloodshed in the Bronx includes an 11-year-old girl who was killed in May after being caught in the crossfire of a street corner shootout; a 20-year-old man was shot dead two days later in broad daylight during a motorcycle sale in Mott Haven in May; and an “Angel,” an off-duty police officer who was stabbed to death by her estranged husband in June.
Recently, a man was fatally stabbed to death on July 30 after a scuffle with an employee outside a smoke shop in the Bronx in the Fordham area, police said.
The Bronx is a “battle zone” because cops are “overwhelmed” trying to stem rampant gang activity that has worsened amid “uncontrolled street crime,” said Michael Alcazar, a retired NYPD detective who is now an associate professor at John Jay College is the criminal justice system.
“The Bronx looks like Brazil with runaway favela-style gangs, drive-by shootings, two-man robbery squads on mopeds,” Alcazar said, adding that the lack of quality of life “has emboldened the bad guys. ”
He continued, “New York City is in decline in the fight against lawbreakers — and the Bronx is leading the charge.”
In January, the Post exclusively reported that the NYPD rolled out its new plainclothes unit as part of Mayor Eric Adams’ crackdown on illegal guns, targeting 30 of the Big Apple’s most violent counties. Ten of the Bronx’s twelve boroughs were on the list.
THE BRONX IS BURNING
The precinct was responsible for a third of the city’s homicides in 2022. Here are the murders by district:
MURDERS BY BORO:
Source: NYPD (until August 7)
Source: NYPD data
https://nypost.com/2022/08/13/the-bronx-accounts-for-nearly-one-third-of-all-nyc-murders/ The Bronx is responsible for nearly a third of all NYC homicides