While the massacre in Chicago claimed 7 lives in a single incident, closer to home, in NYC, more than a dozen violent incidents over the holiday led to 21 people being shot and 3 losing their lives.
The first fatal shooting in New York happened at 11:30 p.m. Monday at a deli in East New York. The circumstances of the dispute are not yet clear, but two men, 21 and 23, are dead, and a third, 18, is in critical condition at Brookdale. A suspect is in custody.
At almost the same moment, in the Bronx, three people were shot on Prospect Avenue in the Belmont section. A 62-year-old man is dead, and two other men, 23 and 26, are stable at St. Barnabas. But those were only the fatal incidents. In total, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on July 4, 21 people were shot in 14 separate incidents in the city, two senior police officials told the media. This being said, after midnight, there were at least two more shootings, in Norwood (a man shot in the shoulder) and Morrisania (a man shot in the chest).
In response to these incidents, the media asked Adams on Tuesday whether he believed his administration’s plan to combat the scourge of gun violence is working in light of the recent shootings. And despite this surge in violence, Adams maintained his crime strategy is working.
“Since we instituted our plan, we are seeing a decrease in shootings … decrease in homicides. We’re seeing a 30-year high in gun arrests. Our plan which we’re constantly modifying … constantly shifting … is moving in the direction we want it to move into. Is it moving as fast as I want? I want it faster. I’m like NYers…I want results overnight,” Adams said.
“New Yorkers will feel like we’re not making progress, which we are. We are decreasing in shootings for the last 11 or 12 weeks, since we instituted our plan,” Adams said. “Is it moving fast enough? No, I want it faster. We’re moving in the right direction. We need help, I can’t say this enough, we need help. If we arrest them on Monday and they’re out on Tuesday, it’s endless.”