At least 3 dead after night of gun violence in New York City; NYPD reports 92% increase in shootings

The number of shooting victims is nearly double the figure from last year

Three people were killed across New York City Wednesday night, among nearly a dozen shot as city gun violence continues to increase exponentially.

As of Thursday, the city had 1,235 shootings in 2020, a 92.4% increase from the same period last year, according to NYPD figures

During one deadly shooting in Brooklyn around 10:30 p.m., a group was standing outside when a vehicle with at least three men inside opened fire and sped off, WCBS-TV reported. 

Six people were shot, including a 23-year-old man who died.

Another 28-year-old man died after being shot multiple times in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. A shooting in the Bronx claimed the life of a 23-year-old man in a drive-by incident. There were separate shootings in three other Bronx neighborhoods.

The Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, criticized city leaders in recent months over the surge in violent crime. In a tweet, the union said elected officials "show no sign of rolling back those laws and policies that have undermined the public’s safety."

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The number of shooting victims in the city nearly doubled from last year, NYPD statistics show. In 2019, 762 people were reported shot, compared to 1,515 so far this year.