First shooting-free weekend in New York City for decades

Lester Mason
October 17, 2018

There were no shootings in New York City last weekend - the first time this has happened in 25 years.

Speaking at a police graduation ceremony, mayor Bill de Blasio commended the NYPD.

The last time New York City experienced a weekend without a shooting, Ruth Bader Ginsberg had just been named to the Supreme Court, "Jurassic Park" was thrilling audiences and the world wide web made its debut.

The run of no shootings began after an attack in Brooklyn on Thursday and continued until Monday, when a person was shot in the Bronx, according to the city's Daily News.

The last time the most populous USA city of 8.5 million had a weekend without shootings was in 1993, according to police. It ended Monday afternoon with another shooting in the Bronx.

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

New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill
Image Police chief James O'Neill has praised his officers. File pic

"The past weekend #NYC had no shootings, a milestone we haven't reached in over a decade", NYPD chief of patrol Rodney Harrison said in a tweet Monday. "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".

According to the latest NYPD crime figures, current through Sunday, there have been 734 shootings so far in 2018, a 2.5 percent drop from the 753 at the same point in 2017.

But shootings have also spiked at times. Authorities told reporters that the weekend of October 6-7 was "terrible" for shootings, according to AFP.

During the first half of the year, police recorded 147 murders, mostly in the Bronx and Brooklyn, reports showed.

In 2017, New York City reported its lowest number of homicides since 1951, with 290 on record.

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