Writing in the New York Daily News, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says that, “as shocking as it may be to some, the shooting of a little 8-year-old boy in the Bronx on Tuesday is an unacceptable reality in the poorer neighborhoods in the city, where young men of color are far more likely to be the victims of shootings than their white counterparts.” Kelly says 94 percent of shooting victims in the city last year were black or Hispanic, often targeted by other youths, or accidentally shot as bystanders like the boy thsi week.
In most cases, Kelly said, the guns involved were purchased outside of New York State and resold in New York City at triple their retail value. Kelly says his officers, using “Operation Impact,” flood areas where shootings have spiked,and use “policies of engagement, like stop, question and frisk,” helping reduce the murder total to a record low. Over the past 10 years, there have been 5,430 murders in the city, compared with 11,058 in the decade before the current administration took office. That's a 50% reduction, or 5,628 lives saved, Kelly said.