NBC NY- Gun violence has continued to plague New Yorkers across the Big Apple throughout the year and the month of November -- reaching levels unseen in years -- as the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak continues to strain the city and its police, according to the latest New York City Police Department statistics.
According to the NYPD, "the spike in street violence contrasts with the levels of overall crime remaining flat through the first 11 months of the year."
The NYPD’s data shows that gun arrests for the month of November are up +112.3% (484 cases compared to 228 during the same time period last year), driving a +22.2% increase in gun arrests across the city -- a total of 3,793 -- compared with the same period a year ago which resulted in 3,104 arrests.
On gun violence, the NYPD says that shootings continue to be a huge problem that has "victimized far too many." For November, there was a +112.5% increase in shootings citywide (115 compared to 51 during the same time period in 2019), according to the latest data, with shootings having risen +95.8% (for a total of 1,412) through the first 11 months of 2020, compared with the same period last year (721).