NY Post reports there have been more shootings so far this year in New York City than in all of 2019.
A 24-year-old man who walked bleeding into Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx on Saturday night has pushed the city’s total number of shootings this year to 777 — topping the 776 recorded in all of last year, NYPD data compiled by The Post reveals.
And it’s only the first days of August, with five more months before the year is over.
“It only gets worse from here,” warned Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
“As the shootings continue, so will retaliation. It’s a vicious cycle that the NYPD worked hard to mitigate, but that they are no longer able and in some cases willing to do.”
The year’s plague of gunplay has touched every borough, killing or injuring 942 victims and cutting down not just hardened gang members but innocent children.
New Yorker’s hearts were broken when stray bullets ended the life of teen Bronx hoops star Brandon Hendricks on June 28, and 1-year-old Brooklyn boy Davell Gardner, shot dead in his stroller on July 13 at a Brooklyn barbecue.
Except for surpassing last year’s tally, the victim of the 777th shooting of 2020 would have drawn none of the attention of those tragedies.
Met by police at Lincoln Hospital, he explained that he was outside at 135th Street and Alexander Avenue, just outside the Mitchel Houses project in Mott Haven, and had heard the sound of gunfire, a law enforcement source told The Post.
He only realized he had been shot when he felt the pain of his injury.
“I’ve been living here 55 years, and I’ve never seen it this bad,” neighbor Mario Martinez said later Saturday night.
”There’s more guns. I’m telling you when I grew up here the worst weapon was a knife,” he said.
“Chains and bats. That’s when I grew up. Then came the next generation. Guns.”
He added, “I don’t think it’s going to get any better.”