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New York marks first shooting-free weekend in 25 years

The last time the most populous US city of 8.5 million had a weekend without shootings was in 1993.

A New York Police Department vehicle on patrol in Midtown Manhattan
A New York Police Department vehicle on patrol in Midtown Manhattan
Image: Denise Bennett/Tns via PA Images

NEW YORK HAS marked its first weekend without a shooting in 25 years, police have said. 

“We went Friday, Saturday, Sunday without any shootings and homicides,” New York Police Department chief James O’Neill told reporters.

“That’s the first time in decades, and that’s something, not just the NYPD, but all New Yorkers can be proud of,” he said. 

The last time the most populous US city of 8.5 million had a weekend without shootings was in 1993, according to police.

But there have been intermittent spikes.

The weekend of 6-7 October, for example, was “terrible”, with several shootings in Brooklyn and the Bronx, authorities said.

The number of murders is on the rise again this year, after hitting a low in 2017 with 292 total – a record since the 1950s.

In the first half of 2018, the city recorded 147 murders, an 8% increase over the same period in 2017, and mostly in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

© – AFP 2018

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