Murders are up sharply in New York City city this year, with startling increases in gunplay across the five boroughs, reporrts the New York Daily News. The citywide murder total increased 22.8 percent in the first 11 weeks of the year over the same period in 2009, from 79 homicides to 97 as of Sunday. Shootings are up citywide, with 293 people hit by bullets this year, a 16.3 percent change from the total of 252 recorded by March 21 last year.
There were 466 slayings in New York last year, the lowest year-end total since the police department started its tracking method in 1963. “The NYPD is fighting its own success,” said spokesman Paul Browne. He noted that this year’s total is still 14 percent lower than 2008 and 39 percent lower than 2001.