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. Tommie

    Being former NYPD the unusually high number of shooting this weekend could be could be attributed to the West Indian Day Parade and Carnival. The reporter should check the shooting stats for the rest of the city and see how many were in the vicinity of this so called parade. It is basically 24 hours of lawlessness that city officials choose to ignore. It’s not random it’s a trend that continues to worsen every year the city allows this event to operate in this manner.

    September 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. j

    "This is a national problem requiring national leadership,"

    No the data clearly shows it is a New York problem. If you want help just ask, but please do not exaggerate the situation as a national issue when it clearly is not.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike Hill

    Hey Mayor Bloomturd! How are those ultra strict guns laws working out for you?

    September 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      It's not happening in Texas. Just sayin...

      September 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nana2roaw

    My mother lived by herself in a first-floor apartment in the Bronx from the age of 62 to 85. She did not own a gun, she was never afraid, and she was never the victim of a crime. So much for all you manly men who need to "pack" in order to go to Starbucks.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. spiT

    Unarmed civilians make great targets, have we not learned anything?

    September 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • hez316

      I I think we have learned that guns and anger don't mix

      September 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin

    Bloomberg is a Blooming! Idiot! this is happening because only CRIMINALS! can own guns in NYC! Stupid Stupid Stupid!!!!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan, TX

    Aren't these acts of terrorism? Where is homeland security?

    September 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ike

    U shouldn't have taken Blacks (excuse me, African Americans) from their homes in the first place racist pig!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan, TX

    And send the Europeans back to Europe while you are at it!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ike

    your mother loves monkey's bigot!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. john

    Yet Mayor Mike says crime is down. What a jerk. Maybe crime is down because they are telling cops not to arrest those who are committing small crimes. I hope Bloomberg pays for this.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PersonOfPallor


    Updated statistics obtained by NBC New York on Tuesday show that at least 67 people were shot between 12 a.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday. That includes nine on Friday, 10 on Saturday, 33 on Sunday and 15 on Monday.

    Preliminary numbers indicate as many as 10 were killed.

    Looks like Diversity is working about as well as NY's gun statutes.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brandon

    Let me guess, either you got beat up by a monkey or your wife left with one?

    September 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. alboze

    @Ike – lets not forget that 1. jakenhtx was not alive when this happened and 2. it was black people that took "these people" from their homes and sold those that had value as slaves and killed the rest. They are still doing it to this day.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tommmytom

    Hey how about FEAR... start death week, death row is not working, plus the money tax payers are saved would be in the billions.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
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