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. New York Sucks

    NEW YORK SUCKS! It's dump!

    September 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. daledoo

    If these people want to shoot others they know who to call for one. I have a gun to protect myself in the case of someone breaking in . I also hunt and started shooting at three. My grandfather had me against his knees. My sons learned early and went through classes for their hunting. Mayor there are those that shoot for the the thrill of killing and then there are us law abiding people.

    September 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frazzmatazz

    NYC is trying to be like Philly, I guess.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Duncan

    Impossible – the story MUST be a fake. Guns are illegal in NYC – remember?

    September 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. the prophet

    A store sales brains, a customer walks in and asks to buy a brain the store owner offers him a white man brain for 100 dollars, and a black man brain fir 200 dollars. The customers says hey why is the black man brain more money? The store owner answer the black man brain has never been used that is why it cost more money.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. reflect

    Bloomberg sadly speaks prematurely and offers misguided information regarding gun control. Yes, NY has strict guns laws and has the crime to support that the strict gun laws are counter productive. Strict gun laws keep guns out of the law abiding citizens hands and give an unfair advantage to criminals. Why wouldn't a criminal use a gun if they know law abiding citizens don't have them. The criminals also use knives, shanks, hammers and whatever else is available. Only gun uses are posted and attacked by Bloomberg. Of course Bloomberg doesn't need a gun, he is surrounded by gun toting body guards.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joker429

    Guns where never meant for some tribes of people to own. Some forms of human are not intellectually capable of the responsibility that gun ownership requires. Those whom have descended from nations that, basically, never grasped the concept of the wheel, written language or any other invention of modern society, should not be allowed to own guns, knifes or any other technical invention, for they could never possibly understand that with knowledge comes responsibility. They are simply to primitive, and it would be kinder to return them to their native habitat, where they could happily go on running though the trees with sticks in their hands.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MidWestern

    My family was watching the US Open Tennis Tournament and asked about attending it next year. My reaction was "You gotta be kidding"......... Lets go to Libya where we all will be a little safer.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mixer

    Gun will never go away. Guns made us what we are today.. Americans. Without them we would be English then nazis next Muslims so with out the gun we are not gonna stay what we are today. So u people who think if the stop making gun then there won't be gun crimes. Cocain heroin have never be legal to make sell or buy, but yet it's everywhere so I guess it would be the same for gun. Law abiding people would never stand a chance to be safe. And by safe I mean being able to shoot back.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sweety pie

    hey racist joker429...well then i guess white people should go back to caves right? since america only belongs to the natives right? you're too dumb to see, that we live in the same world and country. what happens in one part of the country, affects everyone living there. your dumb comment shows how blank you are

    September 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Guero

    You all make us gun totin' Republicans proud.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lsaguy

    Know what the first law passed in every frontier town in the Old West was? They banned the carrying of guns within their limits. I guess they were a lot smarter 150 years ago, huh?

    September 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. F

    Have you guys noticed that gun crime is higher in cities that ban guns..., When the city keeps law abiding people from having guns, the playing field is no longer level. Criminals don't care about gun laws, as it does not affect them. They get the from the black market. As for the rest... well you get the picture, victims.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. reflect

    Law aviding gun owners, to include police, have the ability to defend against unexpected immediate problems, similar to insurance policies. Everyone can agree that a law abiding citizen should have multiple insurance policies. People who have not been a victim due to luck, and people protected by gun toting body guards, like Bloomberg, usually don't understand the value of police and law abiding gun owners.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trebec

      Well said. He gets protection, because he's a politician and he "needs it", i guess more than you do because, you know, he's more important then other people. These politicians go beyond ignorance, there utter arrogance is disgusting.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Idiots

      How does this guy get elected? I am glad I moved out of NY State! This guy will run for governor or worse President next. he is ignorant as can be. Look at the crime stats for Washington DC vs NY DC has more strict gun laws the NY state and stronger than NYC and has a higher gun crime rate. Move to VA where you can open carry and the rate drops coincidence I think not. People are aware that if you try to hurt someone you yourself may become a statistic!

      September 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joker429

    sweety pie – I'll bet you you pack a couple of extra "racist" cards in every pocket you have before breakfast, and most days, still run out by lunch from pulling them so often. The fact that some tribes of human are intellectually superior to others, is not a theory, it is a fact. Allowing guns into the hands of those whom are known to be too primitive to handle the responsibility has been one disaster after another.

    September 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Stickers

      Well said.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      It's a shame that you lack the intelligence to recognize the real problem. You’re just another narrow minded extremist who owns a gun trying to compensate for other inadequacies. You're problem one of those individuals who talks real tough but defecates on their self at the first sign of danger.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Trebec

      We should let only the smart people have guns. Like me. Who else is smart?

      September 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
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