New York City’s homicide rate is rising as fast as its sweltering temperatures.
There have been a staggering 16 murders in the past five days — including seven since Friday night. They have claimed a variety of victims, including children, clubgoers, a shopkeeper and a husband.
While murders are still on pace for a record low, at 193 so far this year, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens) called the situation a “brewing cauldron of trouble.”
“People are legitimately alarmed for what the future holds,” Vallone, chairman of the council’s Public Safety Committee, said, noting the NYPD’s dwindling force.
There have been 672 shootings this year as of July 1, compared with 606 at the same day last year — a 10.9 percent spike.
Between noon Friday and noon yesterday, authorities responded to at least 18 shootings.