Monday, 30 June 2014

Four dead, 19 wounded in US shootings

Four people were killed and another 19 were injured in a wave of gun violence that has spilled into all five of New York City’s boroughs since Friday.
Brooklyn saw the most violence of all the boroughs, with 11 people hurt in seven separate shootings, police say. Five people each were shot in Manhattan and the Bronx. There was also one shooting each in Queens and Staten Island.
Four people were killed in the shootings.
On Saturday in Queens, a man was fatally shot in the head. Then on Sunday, one man in Brooklyn andanother in the Bronx died in separate shootings. A 55-year-old man also died after being shot in the neck in the Bronx early Monday, police say.
Many of the injuries came in shootings that included multiple victims. In one, in Harlem, four people were shot, including a 16-year-old boy.
Children were victims in other shootings, as well. In one non-fatal shooting in Brooklyn, a 10-year-old boy was wounded. In another bout of gunfire in the Bronx Sunday night, a 12-year-old boy was shot in the leg.

The volume of shootings so far in 2014, however, is lower than it was last year, police say.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said shootings are down compared to last year.
“We’re always concerned about any shootings, but we have 1,200 additional cops this week,” Bratton said, referencing recruits that will graduate from the NYPD’s police academy Monday.
Some residents said the violence has put them on edge.
 Veronica Tutton, who lives in the Kingsbridge Heights section of the Bronx where two men were shot Sunday afternoon, said she is considering moving her family out of the neighborhood.
“I don’t take my little ones outside much,” said Tutton. “And that’s sad because I have a 6-year-old and he’s always wanting to go to the park and play and as you can see, it happened right next to our park.”

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