NEW YORK — At least 48 people were shot within a 24-hour span on Sunday, capping off a violent Fourth of July weekend, police said.
Among those shot, 10 of them were fatal.
Since Friday, there were 63 victims of gun violence, continuing the rising trend this summer.
Most of the shootings were on Sunday, though there were a number of incidents on Saturday, including one in which no one was hurt. Police opened fire in Astoria, Queens on Saturday night when they spotted an individual shooting at someone else. A suspect was taken into custody in that incident.
Police also witnessed violence first hand outside the 40th precinct in the Bronx Saturday night. A bullet pierced the front window of their marked cruiser.
While in Brooklyn, a flaming firecracker was tossed inside a patrol car with an officer sitting inside.
In a pair of tweets from Manhattan police commanders, the chiefs called out city leaders, saying the city is under attack, and they are demanding action.
Former police commissioner Ray Kelly criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio for limiting anti-crime units as “crime is raging out of control in New York City.”
Mayor de Blasio said Monday “a lot of different pieces,” including the fact the court system and economy aren’t functioning as normal have had an impact in the increase of shootings.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan also said several factors have contributed to the increase in violence, including bail reform, COVID releases from prison, court shut down, as well as the animosity towards police.
Police are searching for the suspects in multiple shootings.
According to the NYPD, there were 575 incidents with 705 victims from Jan. 1 through July 4 of 2020. There were 369 incidents with 423 victims in the same time period last year.Sunday, the NYPD Chief of Detectives, Rodney Harrison tweeted, “The NYPD and the community need to work together as a team to help curb the violence.”
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
Contributing reporting by: Jennifer Bisram and Magee Hickey.