48 NYC shootings in a weekend: Trend or random tragedy?
"This is a national problem requiring national leadership," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
September 6th, 2011
01:41 PM ET

48 NYC shootings in a weekend: Trend or random tragedy?

It was a very bloody Labor Day weekend in New York. Forty-eight people were shot, including two law enforcement officers and a woman who was sitting with her daughter on a Brooklyn building stoop. The officers survived; three people have died.

The high number of shootings has captured headlines and led some to wonder whether there's some specific explanation for the violence.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says there is, and he said Tuesday that lawmakers in the nation's capital ought to do something to better control gun violence. New York state reportedly had some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but Bloomberg wants Washington's help. He spoke outside a hospital where the officers were being treated.

"This is a national problem requiring national leadership," he said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "But at the moment, neither end of Pennsylvania Avenue has the courage to take basic steps that would save lives."

Jon M. Shane, an assistant professor at one of America's most highly regarded policing think tanks, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, cautioned against drawing any conclusions from the numbers alone. Shane spent 20 years with the police department in Newark, New Jersey, which has consistently ranked as one of the most violent cities in the United States.

"I would caution against chalking this up to violence that is going to happen over any holiday weekend," Shane said, adding that thorough analysis of each Labor Day weekend shooting should be done to extrapolate concrete explanations that go beyond the particulars of each incident. One would need to research possible motives in each case and investigate suspects' backgrounds and their possible criminal affiliations. Previous crimes at the locations should be weighed from every angle.

In short, 48 shootings sounds like a lot, but drawing any large conclusions, or linking them to a larger trend, will take time.

The woman and the officers were shot Monday hours after the West Indian American Day Parade ended in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. According to the New York Post, two men were "slap boxing" before a shootout in which police became involved. In all, nine people in the area of the parade were shot.

Several people were shot in the Bronx on Sunday. Some of the wounded were children. Four people were shot Monday in Flatbush, Brooklyn, one teenager fatally.

The weekend's bloodshed put a fine point on figures the FBI released in May showing that violent crime was down throughout the country in the past year but up in New York. The New York Police Department released its own report in January, available in full here (PDF), which visually lays out all of the city's 536 homicides in 2010.

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  1. A caring American

    God help us all, look what our nation have come to, Natural disaster all over our country and as a fellow American during tragedy some of us have no shame/morals to make such raciest or ill will comments my hart also goes out to you sick minded and the family of the tragedy. Yes there is a God.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samson

      It might be racist be its the reality we live in.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JOYOUS

    Bloomberg;youknow why guns are sayurated in our society,because people are complicite with the gun-lobbyist.Leave Washington is also culpable.Do your own thing and clean up your act

    September 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cpc65

    At least when the zombie pandemic starts, those undead won't stand a chance in most US big cities. Now countries like Australia will all be slouching and moaning within a week.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nathan

    It's because Plaxico is out of jail! Quick, Blookberg, take action!

    September 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NReptilian

    These were not random. These shootings were organized. They would like to create a chaos with provocateurs just like riots in London. The riots in NYC were more bloodier than the one in London with a gun.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JOYOUS

    Your party is complcite with gun lobbyist,that's why guns are being sold to drug dealers,mentally handicap,common criminals.The gun dealers are only intersted in the bottom line,so they can cotribute to politicians,to look the other way.I hope some day someone will hold you people accountable.Clean up your own stuffand stop blaming Wasington

    September 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. OneWhoKnows

    Until American's have the courage to admit that the breakdown of the black familiy structure is the root of so much of this violence, the violence will continue. Inner city black culture is a cesspool of drugs, violence, and materialism that is funded by the well meaning, but misplaced initiatives of the liberal left. Guns are not the problem, they are the canary telling you something in society is going way wrong.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • sailor56

      Agree wholeheartedly. Two parent families are not able to get welfare so single motherhood is encourage by the system. The men have no motivation to be a responsible parent. They are disenfranchised, disinterested in finding work, and devolve to drugs and early violent death. Socialist liberals are the real racists here.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. A.D.

    Wow ! ! ! 48 acts of Gun Violence. ... America, America, oh say can you see. No matter what gun laws are put in place, the amount of deaths involving guns will not subside. The future is here, and the future spells nothing more than chaos. Have we not seen the trend? Do we as a Nation not see what we LOVE. We love the violence, we love the murder, in fact as long as you murder for your country, you are a hero. Most of our television and movie and entertainment sectors, are based upon violence. Hey we let the children play with toy guns. Guns aren't the problem. The problem is the human species has gone mad. But hey, I say slay the perpetrators on national TV, during the super bowl. After all America loves violence. Maybe public executions will slow things down, or maybe we should have reps from Date Line sit down with the guilty and eat apple pie while the air conditioner blows to the tunes of Leave it to Beaver, and question them about why.... Silly America, an Empire crumbling in every sector, from the hoods to the Hills, the rich and the poor, we are all in the same boat of collapse, its just some of us eat better.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • hillman

      i think they should ban anything having to do wit violence like boxing, ufc fighting, wrestling, and a select few sports and ban alcohol every wheres shut down bars and anyplace where alcohol is served

      September 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmay

      Well versed sir.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TriXen

    flagged.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Deciderer

    If 48 Muslims were shot in NYC, I'd say this was news.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • hillman

      oh shut up about muslims

      September 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmay

      Ignorance just seems to be a major trend within the United States. Mr. Deciderer, are you aware that some of the greatest crimes/acts of violence are carried out by White males?

      September 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      Deciderer, it takes one to know one, you jerk.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ang

    i bet you're right

    September 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. comite86

    I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW CAN YOU EXPECT A CHILD TO NOT BECOME A CRIMINAL WHEN HIS PARENTS ARE DRUG ADDICTS, THE POLICE IN THIS CITY DON'T PROTECT OR PREVENT ANYTHING, IVE SEEN PEOPLE GETTING ROBBED ON ONE CORNER WHILE THE POLICE IS ON THE NEXT CORNER, THE GOVT IS ALLEGEDLY TRYING TU KEEP DRUG DEALERS OFF THE STREETS BUT WHILE THERE IS DEMAND, SOMEONE WILL SUPPLY, SO MAYBE IF THE GOVT DECIDES TO INVEST MONEY IN TO DRUG USE REHAB AND DRUG USE PREVENTION THIS CYCLE WILL END, BUT THATS WHEN RACISM COMES IN

    September 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      It was really hard trying to read your posts in all caps. You do realize that is Internet "slang" for screaming, don't you? If you calm down maybe the rest of us will see if you actually have anything worthwhile to say. Louder is not better.

      September 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. heep2

    I ditto that! ……….New York City has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but Bloomberg wants Washington's help (????) you fukkingidiot! Your stupid gun laws in your stupid city never worked, only police and a few chosen ones are legally own and carry guns on person. The rest of the population of NYC is at your mercy – IT DOES NOT WORK! How much gun control do you want, Bloomberg – YOUIDIOT?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fredprov5

    There is no context given for this statistic. What is the average number of shootings in NYC on Labor Day Weekends? Has there been any trends in recent years? It's impossible to tell whether we should be encouraged or discouraged by this number without context.

    September 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • GaBoy

      Read the NYPD Murder Report for 2010. While not specific to just a Labor Day weekend, the report should give you a pretty good idea of the statistics behind the murders.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Digital Compadre

    All this and people are worried about the KKK?

    September 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
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