Nearly half of NYC’s bloody June played out across 10 precincts: NYPDJuly 11, 2020
Nearly half of the city’s 205 shootings played out across 10 historically crime-ridden precincts during the bloodiest June on record since 1996, NYPD stats show.
With 39 murder victims and at least 270 wounded in the gunplay, the troubling 30-day period posted a 130-percent increase in shootings from the same month in 2019.
Victims as young as 11 were wounded by bullets that flew through the city’s roughest and richest neighborhoods during all hours of the day and night — at the same time mass protests against police brutality swept the city.
“Almost half of the shootings in June are in 10 precincts,” Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri said Monday, following a bloody weekend that saw 39 people shot in just six-and-a-half hours overnight Saturday. “Those communities are being overrun by the small percentage of gang members who have no regard for their own life and absolutely zero regard for the community.”
Data reviewed by The Post show that 90 of the shootings — or 44 percent — happened across 10 precincts in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Harlem.
A cluster of six precincts in Brooklyn accounted for 50 of the June shootings.
Not one saw more gunplay than the 73rd in Brownsville, where 22 victims were wounded in 15 shootings. There have been 35 shootings in the precinct this year through July 5 — a 169 percent increase from the 13 incidents the same time last year, according to NYPD data.
The nearby 75th Precinct in East New York saw the third most shootings in June: 12 with 16 victims. The neighboring 67th ranked ninth out of the city’s 77 precincts, followed by the 71st, 81st and 79th, respectively.
Three precincts in the Bronx — the 44th, 46th and 42nd — tallied a combined 32 shootings.
Among the 45 victims gunned down in those three precincts was 17-year-old Brandon Hendricks, whose tragic final words were a flashpoint in the month of murder.
“Yo Bam, I love you. Call my mom,” the recent high school graduate and standout basketball star reportedly told a friend as he died on the street in Morris Heights.
Police say he was gunned down by 22-year-old Najhim Luke, who was arrested last week on murder charges. Authorities have not revealed a motive in the killing. Hendricks’ family has said he was hit by a stray bullet.
The only precinct outside of Brooklyn and the Bronx in the bloody Top 10 was the 23rd Precinct in East Harlem, where there were eight shootings and nine wounded, but no murders, according to the NYPD.
While most of the shootings played out in crime hotbeds across the city, there were some outliers. A 19-year-old woman was murdered in Manhattan’s Flatiron district on June 26, police said. Rudy Osias, 27, of Bayswater, Queens, has been charged in the killing.
The surge in violence also correlates with the disbanding of the NYPD’s anti-crime unit of plainclothes officers who focused on taking guns off the street. In the two weeks following the 600-cop squad’s disbanding, shootings surged 205 percent compared to the same time in 2019.
The NYPD has blamed the shootings on non-existent or flawed public policies, including a wave of prisoner releases due to COVID concerns and bail reform.
“The NYPD did have a voice, and our voice was ignored. We recommended 96 percent of that population not to be released. It was ignored,” LiPetri said.
De Blasio announced on Friday a “Take Back the Block” initiative to combat gun violence, in which “community leaders, community organizations [will walk] with police officers, showing common cause. City Hall specifically mentioned the Harlem corner of Lenox Avenue and West 143rd Street as a target area for Saturday — but it’s more than 20 blocks north of the precinct that saw the most gun violence in Manhattan last month.
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