NEW YORK CITY — The number of people injured by gunfire across the city is up 10 percent so far this year over last, continuing a rise in shootings that has been increasing in recent years, according to NYPD data.
Police reported 577 shooting victims across the city between Jan 1 and June 14 of this year, up from 523 during the same time last year, according to their CompStat data.
The department reported 1,390 people shot in all of 2014, 92 more than in 2013, police data shows.
"We are struggling with homicides and shootings,” NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill said during a press conference earlier this month. “As we expect, when warm weather comes, we see an increase in certain crimes.”
The department distinguishes between shooting incidents and shooting victims, as multiple people could be shot during the same incident. The CompStat data does not distinguish between shootings that were fatal and those that were not.
Brooklyn has led the city in overall shootings so far this year, with 233 victims in 201 shootings.
But The Bronx's 46th Precinct, which covers Mount Hope and Morris Heights, has recorded the most shooting victims of any individual precinct in the city so far this year, data show. There have been 35 people shot in the 46th Precinct so far this year, a 52 percent rise over this same time last year.
Similarly, the 70th Precinct, which covers Ditmas Park and East Flatbush, has seen a 66 percent rise in shooting victims since last year. Twenty people have already been shot in 12 shootings, that trend is on pace to surpass the 29 shot in 2014.
Gun violence also appears to be spreading.
There were 10 precincts that reported zero shootings in all of 2014 — six of them in Manhattan.
However, in just the first six months of this year, the number of precincts without a single shooting fell to eight. Midtown's three precincts, which all reported no shootings in the entirety of 2014, have already seen one shooting each so far this year.
There is also some good news in the statistics.
The number of shootings appears to be slowing in some areas that had posted high numbers in 2014.
East Flatbush's 67th Precinct led the city in 2014 with 85 shooting victims in 63 shootings. But there have been 26 people shot there so far this year — an 18 percent drop over this same time last year, police statistics show.
Brownsville, where 83 people were shot in 2014, has only had 25 in 2015 — 35 percent fewer than the same time last year. East New York, which had 77 victims in 2014, has only had 35 this year, which is just a 2.9 percent ahead of last year's pace.
And The Bronx, which recorded a shooting in every single precinct so far this year, saw several drops in hotspot areas, including in the South Bronx's 40th Precinct, which covers Port Morris, Mott Haven and Melrose. There were 42 people shot in the precinct last year and only 9 so far this year, stats show.
The rise of shootings also comes as Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking heat for a rise in crime throughout the city. But, he said putting more police on the streets will help.
"We're absolutely confident we're going to turn this around," the mayor said earlier this month.
"I have tremendous fath in the NYPD. We went through a similar situation last year. They turned it around very effectively. We've moved hundreds of officers to where the need is greatest," de Blasio said, touting the NYPD's seasonal crimefighting initiative, "Summer All Out."
"I'm confident that's going to turn the tide," the mayor said.