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Tags: newyorkcity | shootings | murder | gunviolence

New York City Shootings Up 200 Percent This Week

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A man sits on a bench overlooking the skyline of lower Manhattan amid the Coronavirus pandemic in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 17 May 2020 08:20 AM

New York City has more than coronavirus deaths to worry about, as an outbreak of gun violence has spiked shootings this week in the city nearly 200% from last year.

There were 23 shooting events (29 victims), including eight murders, numbers up from 8 shootings and four murders a year ago, a police source told the New York Post.

The warming weather and shelter-at-home fatigue are likely the cause, according to former NYPD detective sergeant  Joseph Giacalone, now a John Jay College of Criminal Justice instructor.

"More people are out on the streets, patience is waning in stay-at-home orders and look at all of the convicts that are back on the street," Giacalone told the Post. "No jobs, no school, and no playgrounds are a recipe for disaster."

Early Saturday morning alone, there were five shootings within two hours, while overnight seven people were shot.

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