A shocking new NYPD report has indicated that the number of teenage shooters and victims has tripled over the recent years, in the Big Apple.
Indicating a vicious trend, the new findings are part of a three-page data analysis prepared by the New York Police Department, which was recently distributed to other law enforcement agencies around the city.
According to the memo, 12.7% of identified shooters were younger than age 18 during the first eight months of 2022, a significant jump from the same time period in 2017, when 9.2% of shooters were identified as teenagers. Meanwhile, the share of teenagers injured or killed in shootings also exploded over the five-year period. Teenagers represented 10.9% of the shooting victims across the five boroughs over the first eight months of 2022, the analysis found — double the 5.7% rate reported in 2017.
There were 111 teenage shooting victims over the first eight months of 2022, which is triple the 36 victims over the same time period in 2017. Police have recorded 992 shootings with 1,206 victims so far this year.
An alarming new research also showed that the average age children first pick up an illegal gun has dropped from an average of 16 or 17 to just 12 or 13 years old.