Several large U.S. cities, including New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, have seen a significant spike in homicides amid the coronavirus pandemic, economic recession, and turmoil incited by the death of George Floyd.
According to a review of crime statistics conducted by the Wall Street Journal, homicides increased by approximately 24% when compared to 2019, rising to more than 3,600.
Philadelphia, Detroit, and Memphis, Tennessee, all saw their homicide numbers rise, and Chicago — the worst-hit city — was responsible for more than one of every eight homicides.
Other, less violent places also saw an increase in homicides, including Omaha, Nebraska, and Phoenix. Of the 50 cities studied, 36 saw homicides rise at double-digit rates across the country.
In regard to gun violence, there has been a total of 777 recorded shootings in New York City through July, more than the city experienced in all of 2019.
More than 1,000 shootings resulting in 240 deaths have been recorded in Philadelphia since January 2020.
Through the first seven months of this year, there have been 440 homicides and 2,240 people shot in the city of Chicago. This is an increase of 150 gun-related deaths and 760 shootings compared to the same period last year.
Retired NYPD sergeant Joseph Giacalone said things are only going to "get worse."
"As the shootings continue, so will retaliation. It's a vicious cycle that the NYPD worked hard to mitigate, but that they are no longer able and, in some cases, willing to do," Giacalone said.