New York marks its first shooting-free weekend in 25 years

Elias Hubbard
October 17, 2018

"I really don't remember a weekend that no one was shot in the entire city", NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan - on the job since 1982 - told The Post.

New York City went a whole weekend without any shootings for the first time in decades, the New York Police Department said Monday.

The last weekend New York City went without any shootings was in 1993, the New York Daily News reports, citing NYPD records.

Commissioner James O'Neill added, "That's something not just the NYPD, but. all New Yorkers [should] be proud of".

Police said the last time NYC had a weekend without shootings was 1993.

Mayor de Blasio took a victory lap over the statistic, crowing to an NYPD graduating class Monday morning, "I have to tell you, this is a winning team for sure".

He said: "A city of 8.6 million people, not a single shooting for three days".

Hizzoner credited the quiet weekend to the NYPD's tenacity and tactics. It ended Monday afternoon with another shooting in the Bronx. This comes near the end of a year that has seen another drop in overall shootings in America's largest city.

The milestone was tweeted by head of patrol police, chief Rodney Harrison.

He wrote: "My thanks to every member of the NYPD for working hard to protect this city and to every member of the public who has helped us make this city so safe".

There have been 600 shooting incidents in all five boroughs since October 7, just a two percent decrease compared to 2017, according to NYPD statistics.

But shootings have also spiked at times.

The NYPD reported an 8 percent increase in murders in the first half of the year, with 147 reported - a rise authorities attributed to gang violence.

In 2017, murders hit the lowest level since the 1950s with a total of 292.

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