Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that the city will be “very aggressive” in response to an uptick of homicides and shootings in parts of Crown Heights, Bklyner reported.
Compared to this point in 2018, shootings this year are up 71% (seven last year and 12 this year) and homicides have increased by 600% in the 77th Precinct (seven this year compared to one last year), according to NYPD statistics.
This phenomenon, the mayor said Monday evening, isn’t “an acceptable state of affairs,” Bklyner wrote.
“More officers are going to be put out in the precinct,” said de Blasio on his weekly “Inside City Hall” appearance on New York 1, adding the NYPD will be using “a number of different anti-crime strategies.”
The mayor noted that the situation in Crown Heights’ 77th Precinct does not align with trends in the rest of the five boroughs, where overall crime, including murders, has continued to decline in 2019.
“It does not conform to what we’re seeing in the rest of the city,” he said. “This is a localized problem, but we take it very seriously, and we’re going to keep sending more and more officers, more strategies at it until we see change.”
De Blasio’s addressing of the issue in response to a question from New York 1’s Errol Louis comes after an 11-year-old was last week hit with a stray bullet on Schenectady Avenue—an incident that prompted the mayor to delay his presidential campaign trip to South Carolina. Doctors say the shooting could leave the boy, Jayden Gant, paralyzed from the waist down. A suspect has been arrested and charged with the shooting, the NYPD says.