New York City has already eclipsed last year’s murder total

by Peter Heck · Oct 5th, 2020 9:45 am

Last Updated Oct 5th, 2020 at 8:29 pm

With still three months remaining in the year, New York City has now experienced more murders to this point in 2020 than the entirety of 2019. Last month alone, New York City recorded 51 murders, almost double the city's September total a year ago.

The total number of homicides in New York City stands at 344 through September, eclipsing the highest entire-year total since the 352 murders the city logged in 2015. If the current pace holds, NYC will see more than 400 murders by the end of 2020. The last time NYC saw more than 400 murders in a year was in 2012.

Along with the marked increase in homicides has been the startling surge in shooting-specific deaths. In September of 2019, there were 67 shootings in the city. In September of 2020, that number ballooned to 152.

If there is any good news, it comes in the fact that last week saw no increase in gun violence over last year at the same time. It was the first time that has happened in more than four months, leading some law enforcement officers to speculate that the excessive surge in gun violence may be slowing.


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