Gang Violence Has Shooting Rate Up More Than Double of Last Year

Gang Violence Has Shooting Rate Up More Than Double of Last Year

New York - A steep hike in gang violence this past week is leading New York City's crime indicators to jump more than double from the same period last year.

A series of four shootings overnight Saturday killed one man and injured six in Queens' Long Island City and in the Bronx. This brings the weekly number of gun violence to 38, more than double the 16 from the same time last year.

Shootings have been up sharply since the beginning of the year, when a law went into effect forcing judges to allow most criminals out without bail. Exacerbating matters is Mayor Bill de Blasio's restraining police after the Black Lives Matter protests in June and his dismantling the anti-crime unit.

There will be no protests over the latest shootings since both the perpetrators and victims were black.

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