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NYC shootings overtake Chicago with 6 killed, 31 injured over weekend

NYPD Police SUV (Tony Hisgett/WikiCommons)
April 29, 2021

The number of shootings in New York City topped Chicago last weekend as the city continues to see skyrocketing rates of gun violence.

At least 31 people were wounded, and six people killed in 28 different shootings that occurred in the Big Apple from Friday through Sunday, Fox News reported.

Authorities said 15 victims of gun violence were wounded on Saturday alone, including one former New York police officer, according to WPIX.

The 30-year-old former cop, who previously severed for seven years with the department, took a bullet in the stomach, police said.

Over the same period last year, just five people were wounded and two killed in four shootings in New York City, according to Fox News.

In Chicago, gun violence left four dead and 21 others wounded between Friday night and Monday morning, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.   

On Sunday, New York Sergeant Benevolent Association (SBA) President Ed Mullins blamed the New York City Council and Mayor Bill de Blasio for the increase in gun violence in the city.

“Mayor DeBlasio has allocated 30 Million Dollars to bring tourism to NYC. Welcome to the city of violence,” one tweet read. “Shootings and Homicides [plague] NYC and the numbers aren’t final.”

Another tweet from the group, that was shared alone with a photo showing the steep rise in New York City gun violence, said, “The accomplishments of Mayor DeBlasio and City Council all with no accountability.”

New York City has also seen a rise in attacks on police. On Monday, an assailant struck a NYPD detective in the head with a plastic stick in an unprovoked attack, according to viral video of the encounter.

The New York City Police Department Detectives’ Endowment Association (DEA) shared footage of the incident on Twitter Monday, mocking the state of crime in the city.

“Welcome to NYC!” they wrote. “Even as our Detectives investigate crimes they’re attacked by emboldened criminals, who have quickly realized there are no consequences for law breakers in our city.”

“The DEA is calling for this violence to be fully prosecuted as we look to file civil charges,” the post read.

DEA President Paul DiGiacomo took it a step further, echoing the SBA and explicitly blaming elected officials for the increase in bold attacks on law enforcement.

“Once again, New Yorkers witness just how emboldened violent criminals are as a detective in uniform is attacked in Queens today,” he wrote.

“If there’s anyone wondering why this happened, they can ask their elected officials who have created a city of no consequences for criminality,” DiGiacomo continued. “The city is circling the drain and NYPD cops are the only ones trying to help the public swim to safety. The individual needs to be fully prosecuted as the DEA explores civil action.”