Twenty-six people were shot in 22 shootings during a 72-hour period beginning this past Friday, according to police. Seven people were killed, three in Brooklyn, two in the Bronx, one in Queens and one in Manhattan.
On Monday, a 30-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, just down the block where three men were shot the day before. A suspect has been arrested in the Sunday shooting spree.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has directed additional uniformed police officers to public housing developments citywide and deployed mobile surveillance vehicles to the neighborhoods of this weekend's shootings, according to officials.
Plainclothes officers have also been deployed to the boroughs and precincts during the shooting-prone hours, police said. Warrants Division officers are focusing on the nine commands where the weekend's shootings took place to aggressively pursue and arrest individuals wanted on outstanding warrants.
Investigators are also monitoring gang-affiliated street crews for any evidence of planned retaliation stemming from the shootings, according to police.
Including the seven shooting deaths this weekend, there have been 127 homicides so far this year, police said. That is a 24 percent dip from the same time last year, when there were 40 more killings in the same period.
Earlier Monday, Mayor Bloomberg said he spoke with the father of an 11-year-old girl who is paralyzed from the neck down after she was hit by a stray bullet outside her Brooklyn home Friday.
Quote from liberal, socialist, commie Mayor Bloomingidiot:
"You have the right to live in Bed-Stuy and not have bullets whiz past your head, that is a civil right," Bloomberg told reporters. "And the right to walk safely on any street in our city, that's a civil right."
Hey.... Mayor Bloomingidiot.... how's your unconstitutional ban on guns working out? Looks like you're getting the same results as Chicago under that other idiot, Rahm Emanuel.
You can send all the extra cops and surveilance vehicles you want and it still is'nt going to make one bit of difference.... the shootings will continue. You can continue to be a fool and pass laws taking everyones guns away.... the shootings will continue. The only benefit of the extra cops is, there will be more of them to do the paperwork and clean up the mess.
The police cannot protect you!! Only you can do that for yourself.... but NOT if you are not armed. The police show up after the damage. Rarely do they actually prevent anything.
It has been stated and proven sooooo many times.... when you unconstitutionally ban guns, only the criminals will have them and the rest will be defenceless.
You are such a hypocrite Mayor Bloomingidiot. On one hand you talk about peoples civil rights in the paper because it makes you look good.... on the other hand you take constitutional rights away. If your policy of banning guns makes the streets of New York so safe, then why don't you get rid of YOUR armed guards.... why do you need them?
Frankly, I don't know why the people of New York haven't marched to city hall, physically removed you and kicked your ass to the curb. Too much tolerance in our society I guess.
Can someone write in and tell me which one is Mayor Michael Bloomingidiot (Bloomberg).... I can't tell.