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. Brian

    I wonder how much alcohol was involved in these incidents? I bet if marijuana were legal, then most of these would not have occurred. How many people on the t.v. cops are 'stoned'? How many are drunk?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joker429

    Dear Monitor Person: I would like to post something, but I am not sure of what you will allow. It is obvious that you do not allow people whom do not support the gay/lesbian agenda, or do not support our nations current immigration policy to post on your site, for that is not your personal belief and the belief of CNN.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. votethemout

    diversity at it's best!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. votethemout

    we have the same problem with this parade in Boston. Every year it is the same result, gun violence at the hands of criminal thugs. End these parades immediately as it's obvious that these people cannot get together without gang fights breaking out. What a wonderful culture they've created here, it's not like this on most of their home islands.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • sailor56

      We need parade control. When parades are outlawed, only outlaws will have parades.

      September 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big Paulie

    A jew pushing gun control, who'd have thought?

    September 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tmckee

    Does anyone else see the absurdity of this? These are gang bangers. More gun control will not stop this. These people do not care that we insist they do not possess guns. If we say that louder (More gun control) will make NO difference. There are already laws on the books. They just aren’t enforcing them to the extent that they can. Note: Gang bangers welcome. Innocent population has been disarmed for your convenience.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rupert

    What is the cause of the shootings?

    drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs drugs

    It's pretty simple. Most shootings, home invasions, burglaries, etc. can be tied back to drugs. Either the perp is a user/dealer, the victim is a user/dealer, or both.

    If we subtracted bangers/dealers shooting other banger/dealers from our national homicide statistics, I'm guessing the rate would drop 50% or more. And honestly I don't care if those folks want to kill each other. A bullet is cheaper than housing them in the prison system.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Larry

    Bloomberg's anti-gun bigotry is showing. 1. If guns are the problem, how come states with more lenient gun laws don't have similar problems? 2. If gun crime is down in the rest of the country but up in NY, then how is it a lack of gun control? 3. Nine people shot in the vicinity of one parade? Could it be that such parades should be banned? 4. When was the last time you saw a firearm convicted of a crime? 5. Better living conditions for people is the answer. Stack people in tiny boxes in crowded conditions, add in poverty, heat, weeks of bad weather and frustration and they combine to create a volatile situation. Finally, why is Bloomberg sounding like every other politician out there. What's he planning to run for next??

    September 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nirvana

      Keep your guns in your red state, thanks. New York is much safer without them. And believe me, it's very, very safe here.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austin

      I agree wholeheartedly. Look at the crime rates in the UK: skyrocketed after stricter gun laws came into play. Bad guys will always be able to get weapons, but when they know others have them too, it's a violence distractor. Think of the US' and USSR's fend off; neither would attack if they knew the other could annihilate them. Unless you can totally cut off all weapons in the state (that's funny) it will never bring piece to NYC. And if in doubt, check out the article about baseball sales after the riots in the UK...

      September 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • knitpickin

      Can you say p o p u l a t i o n?

      September 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nirvana

    Yup. Micropen*s.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dave

    Gun violence? It's people that are violent. Guns don't operate by themselves.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Larry in AZ

    I have a solution. Get rid of all people and then there will be no one to shoot.

    Seriously, NY has a problem and it is now to be fixed by the Federal Government? Considering all of the shining successes they have had, like securing our borders, preventing security breeches at our airports, stopping the flow of Meth from Mexico, I truly understand why Dimberg wants the Feds to step in.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pingpaul

    Now we need to know the employment status of those who did the killing. It is presumptive, but since the vast majority had past arrests, it would follow that there is a high unemployment rate among the killers and the killed.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. beano

    1 thing i dont see mentioned but i have the balls to mention it. ok looks like its well covered that stupid gun bans work well for getting innocent forcefully unarmed people shot so i wont talk about that. 1 mentioned it prolly has drug ties. are we talking about the drugs our troops grow and help ship? the guns that these people were shot with a result of our fine govt arming drug gangs in gun banned locations within our country and abroad? remember those things when you want to go to the poll to vote obama 2012.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      What does that even mean?

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

      Beano, I think you need to release some of that gas. It is interfering with your thought process.

      September 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wendy5

    its only just begun; wait till the real austerity starts

    September 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Samson

    What does NY has in abundance... Black people. I bet you 90% of these shootings involved blacks. Here in Gatineau, Quebec we rarely get any shootings, only 1 murder (ctiy of apprx. 242 124 habitants) so far this year. Why is it? we don't have many black people here.

    September 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • tmckee

      Pssst...your stupid is showing.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • cigarman

      Agreed! The truth hburts, but it's a fact you just can't ignore.;

      September 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
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