NEW YORK — NYPD officers responded to more than 500 shootings in the first six months of 2020, officials said Sunday.
There were 605 victims of the 503 shootings, police said. Through May 31, there was an 18.3 percent uptick in citywide shooting incidents when compared with the same time period in 2019. There were nearly 60 shooting incidents over the last week.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told PIX11 he's concerned about the spike in shootings.
“We are trending in a very difficult direction in the shootings which is leading to homicides,” Shea said.
The uptick comes amid sweeping police reform in the city and a debate over slashing the NYPD's budget.