Monday, January 28, 2013

1st Murder in NYC in Nine Days

New York Post reports
The city broke a nine-day murder-free streak last night when a man was found dead in the basement of a Queens apartment complex, police said.

The 20-year-old victim, whose name was not released, had been shot in the head. 

He was found just after 6 p.m. in a building in the LeFrak City complex in Corona.

The slaying was the first in the city since Jan. 16, when Jennifer Rivera, 20, and her uncle, Jason Rivera, 30, were gunned down execution-style while sitting a parked car in The Bronx.

The nine days without murders came amid brutally low temperatures that cops say usually keeps criminals indoors — and homicides and other street crime to a minimum.

“Jack Frost is the policeman’s best friend,” quipped an NYPD source.

Last year saw just 414 homicides — a record chalked up to concentrating police operations in high-crime areas.
Even last year's record low number of murders averaged out to more than one a day. So, no murders for nine days is a big deal. Maybe this year will be another record low. The Post article attributes it to police procedures, but I can't help thinking that the gun laws have something to do with it too.

What do you think?  Please leave a comment.

1 comment:

  1. The gun laws of New York City are about the same as Chicago. If gun laws were responsible, the two cities ought to have the same results in the number of homicides. Clearly, something else is the cause.