(DNAINFO) Aidan Gardiner and Nigel Chiwaya — 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.