The Big Apple went an entire weekend without anybody being shot, and yes, this is newsworthy as the last time this happened was when Bill Clinton was president, back in 1993.
Officials said last Monday that there were no shootings with victims reported in the five boroughs of New York City for all of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to the Daily News. The last shooting as of early Monday afternoon was a drive-by incident at 11:37 a.m. last Thursday, when a man was hit in the upper body at E. 98th St. and Avenue J in Canarsie, Brooklyn, Chief of Department Terence Monahan told the Daily News. The gunman fled the scene in a black Nissan.
The shooting-free streak was unfortunately broken at 1:15 p.m. on Monday, when a 27-year-old man was shot in the ankle on Aqueduct Ave. in the Bronx. He was treated at St. Barnabas Hospital and is expected to survive. There was no immediate arrest.
Mayor Bill de Blasio boasted about the record while addressing the NYPD graduating class Monday morning, saying they were a "winning team for sure". He attributed this success to training and a focus on "neighborhood policing".
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As for the New York Police Department's Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison, on Monday he tweeted that the weekend marked a "milestone."
This past weekend #NYC had no shootings, a milestone we haven't reached in over a decade. My thanks to every member of the #NYPD for working hard to protect this city and to every member of the public who has helped us make this city so safe.— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDChiefPatrol) October 15, 2018
Gun violence has been dropping all year, even as the murder rate is up about 8% from 2017. Through Sunday, 734 people have been shot, about 3% fewer than the 753 shot last year through the same period, according to the NYPD.
Monahan said that the department meets each Friday to game-plan for the weekend and decide where best to focus it’s resources. Often, he said, the NYPD is trying to prevent retaliatory violence. That was the case during the past few days.
Monahan further explained that before this significant milestone, they had to deal with really bad weekends, pointing to several incidents of gun violence in Brooklyn and the Bronx. This prompted them to move personnel around to try to prevent retaliation and it worked. The chief also said that while the motives behind a shooting vary, gang violence often brings with it an equally violent response.
“One (shooting) can turn into five if we’re not on top of it,” Monahan said. “We’ve done a good job of preventing retaliatory shootings. The tit-for-tat shootings are a thing of the past.”