The outbreak of gun violence that swept the Big Apple continued as the Fourth of July weekend ended, when nine more people were shot dead – including two who were killed – in the 24 hours that followed the bloody holiday .
Two people were shot dead and seven others injured on Tuesday, after 51 people were shot dead, seven fatally, in 36 incidents across New York City over the Independence Day weekend.
“The unacceptable brazen and senseless violence over the holiday weekend stems, in some cases, from exactly what we have said on numerous occasions,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said Wednesday.
“These are violent criminals who shouldn’t be on the streets, either because of long criminal records or because of open cases.”
The top police officer noted that the outbreak of shootings marked a departure from what would have been an 11-week drop in shootings and homicides. She said there were arrests in five of the weekend’s gun killings.
Police also seized 55 firearms and arrested 57 weapons, for a total of 580 serious crime busts over the holiday, Sewell said.
“We knew that starting this July 4th weekend when the city fully reopens would require a significant amount of resources. And that’s exactly what we used,” she said at a press conference. “Your NYPD was out there for the overwhelming number of people who just wanted and deserved to have a nice holiday weekend with their friends and families.”
At a press conference in Queens on Tuesday, Mayor Eric Adams said the city had made some progress in reducing crime across the five boroughs – but had more work to do.
“This national issue has played out on our streets,” Adams said. “We are making the right adjustments. We are moving in the right direction and we will win this fight.”
However, some critics continued to target Mayor and Gov. Kathy Hochul during the deadly outbreak over the weekend.
“While people were being shot dead across #NYC this July 4th weekend, the mayor has been busy taking jet ski lessons and patrolling beaches on shark patrol as he has clearly lost the war on local crime.” tweeted former GOP mayor hopeful Curtis Sliwa.
“The ultimate narcissistic, unmusical mayor,” Sliwa added.
That The state GOP also took to Twitter on behalf of Republican gubernatorial nominee Lee Zeldin.
“@KathyHochul’s crime wave is out of control and only getting worse!” the party committee tweeted. “@leezeldin and the Republicans from New York have a plan…”
However, New York City Councilman Keith Powers took a more global view.
“And at home – also more gun violence. disgusting,” Powers tweeted. “Our country has a gun problem that can never be solved with more guns.”
In a statement to The Post on Wednesday, Hochul said she was committed to protecting communities from gun violence.
“Like all New Yorkers, I am heartbroken by the horrific shootings in New York City this past weekend and I will continue to fight for strict gun safety laws, investment in gun violence prevention, combating the proliferation of illegal guns and strengthening public safety in every community.” in our state,” Hochul said.
Zeldin said in a statement about the Democrats, “Instead of handcuffing criminals, they handcuff our cops and our justice system.”
“We need to protect law enforcement more, not less, so they can remove illegal firearms from our streets and protect our neighborhoods,” he said, also calling for the lifting of cashless bail and the ouster of left-wing prosecutors.
The July 4 bloodshed marked a huge jump from the 32 people injured in 27 holiday weekend shootings last year, NYPD statistics show.
The victims met a wide spectrum of New Yorkers — from two ex-college rugby players who were wounded while in a Midtown cab to a beloved 62-year-old Bronx “grandfather” who died of stray bullets was shot down.
Twenty-one of this year’s victims were shot on Monday, the 246th anniversary of American independence. For comparison: On July 4, 2021, 13 people were shot.
Nine people were also shot dead on July 5, 2021, although none of them died, according to the police department.
The violence continued Wednesday morning, with a man shot in the leg in Brooklyn.
Additional reporting by Sam Raskin
https://nypost.com/2022/07/06/nine-more-shot-in-nyc-after-bloody-july-4th-weekend/ Nine more shots in NYC after the bloody 4th of July weekend