There were no murders in New York City for one whole week, the mayor’s office reported on Monday. From 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 7 through 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 15, there were no homicides recorded by the New York Police Department.
The last murder-free period lasted for nine days from this past Jan. 17 to Jan. 25 – a pattern that occurred simultaneously with a harsh cold spell, officials said. Prior to that, the city did not experience any homicides for six days after Hurricane Sandy.
“We had no homicides in the city, which is, I think, emblematic of how safe the city has become and what a great job the New York City police officers are doing,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said to reporters during the annual Columbus Day Parade.
The last slaughter that was reported in the city happened when a a 49-year-old Brooklyn man was shot dead on Oct. 6 while he sat in a car on Saint Marks Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, cops said.
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Emmanuel Capers was shot multiple times by a gunman around 5:40 p.m. that day, but no arrests have been made in the case, cops said.
At the same time, the homicide rate has reached an all-time low this year, and the percentage of murders with guns is also decreasing. The mayor’s office issued a statement, saying:
Through Sunday, October 13th, New York City has seen 90 fewer murders than at this point last year: 256 murders in 2013 compared to 346 murders in 2012 – a decrease of 26.0 percent.
Murders committed with firearms represent 148 of the 256 murders in 2013, 57.8 percent.
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Through Sunday, October 13th, the number of murders committed with firearms is down by 60 from last year: 148 in 2013 compared to 208 in 2012 – a decrease of 28.8 percent.
A total of 419 murders occurred in New York City last year – the lowest in over 50 years, and an 18 percent drop since 2011, when 515 murders happened.