Homicides in New York City spiked by nearly 16% this year, according to recently released NYPD statistics, reported the New York Daily News.
As of last week, 82 people have been murdered in the city — up 11 from the same period a year ago, officials said.
Shootings have climbed by 4%, with 258 people being wounded by gunfire so far this year compared with 248 in the first three months of 2014.
Nearly a quarter of the homicides took place in the Bronx, but the neighborhood with the largest amount of homicides was East New York, Brooklyn, where six people were slain.
Staten Island had the lowest number of homicides, followed by northern Manhattan, according to officials.
The jump in killings came despite a 12-day span over the first two weeks of February when no murders were recorded.
NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said six of the 11 additional killings are considered “reclassified homicides,” meaning the criminal deed occurred months or years earlier, but the victim had just recently died.
“The actual increase in homicide incidents occurring this year is five as of midnight (Sunday),” Davis said. “An increase or decrease of five incidents, given the overall numbers, is not considered at this point to be evidence of an unusual trend.”
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