Mayor Bloomberg announces guns for money program in 2002; Photo: NYC.gov

There were 11 murders in the city as well as many non-fatal, crime-related injuries, this past weekend, startling most New Yorkers, who have been enjoying more than a decade of lower crime rates. The Police Commissioner told reporters, "The rash of homicides over the weekend is exceptional because of record low crime in New York"; the Mayor took the opportunity to blame the number of guns still on the street, as their one purpose is "to kill." (The photo is from a 2002 initiative to exchange guns for cash.) Through last weekend, the city is still below the 2003 number of murders based on the same period (273 killings, versus 2003's 307), with crime still down 11%. Gothamist knows that the city is safer, and many of them were probably motivated by other criminal activity, but it is still crazy to have 11 killings over a weekend.

Most of the murders, since they were coming right after another, didn't receive much specific attention, but the 10th murder, one of two on the Lower East Side, has been singled out, coming at the heels of the "crime spree," and especially since there seemed to be a motive - it was for the victim's gold chain. And we're constructed a rough timeline of the murders below.

All descriptions of the crimes are from taken from NY Newsday, the NY Post, and NY Times:
- Friday, 8:45PM, the Bronx - Justin Green, 19, was shot in the chest and killed at East 166th Street and College Avenue.
- Friday, 9PM, Brooklyn - 20-year-old man was shot four times, including once in the head, on Marion Street in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn
- Friday evening, Brooklyn - One man killed, two others injured, in Coney Island
- Saturday, 1:45AM, Brooklyn - Fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man on East 96th Street in East Flatbush.
- Saturday, 2:15AM, Bronx - Two men walked into North Central Bronx Hospital with gunshot wounds. One, 24, had been struck in the buttocks and a calf. The other, 22, had been shot in the back and chest.
- Saturday, 3:20AM, Bronx - 34-year-old man was shot in the back and wounded during a confrontation on Holland Avenue. He was in critical condition at Jacobi Medical Center.
- Saturday, 3:45AM, Brooklyn - 21-year-old man was shot twice in the chest in front of 1088 Flatbush Ave. in Flatbush. He died 15 minutes later at Kings County Hospital Center, police said.
- Saturday, 5:20AM, Brooklyn - Two men were shot at East 25th Street and Newkirk Avenue in Flatbush, police said. One man, 26, died at the scene. The other, whose age was not clear, was shot in the leg and admitted to Kings County in stable condition.
- Saturday, 5:30AM, Brooklyn - 23-year-old man was rushed to Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in critical condition after he was shot in the chest and the leg during a confrontation on Throop Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
- Saturday, 6AM, Brooklyn - The body of Ray Stokes, 44, was found on Hull Street in Brownsville. He had severe head trauma and apparently had been beaten to death, police said. A motive in the beating was not clear, they said.
- Saturday, morning, Brooklyn - A woman in her 30s was found lying dead in the courtyard of a building on New York Avenue in Brooklyn, police said. She had suffered blunt trauma to the head, police said.
- Saturday, 3PM, Brooklyn - Two men walked into 45 Belmont Avenue in Brooklyn and shot Tyrone Spann, 27, once in the chest, police said. Spann was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
- Saturday, 6PM, Queens - Three hours later, a 17-year-old man fatally shot a 22-year-old man in the chest in front of a building in the Forest Hills section of Queens, police said. Officers chased the gunman through a subway station at 63rd Road and Queens Boulevard and later saw him running down a nearby street. As police continued their pursuit, a shot rang out and the teen was found with a gunshot wound to his head. A revolver was recovered at the scene, and police were investigating whether he shot himself.. Both men were taken to area hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.
- Sunday, midnight, Manhattan - In a third shooting, shortly after midnight Sunday, a 24-year-old man was shot once in the stomach on Columbia Street in the Chinatown section of Manhattan, police said. He was taken to Beth Israel Hospital, where he died.
- Sunday, 6:57AM, Brooklyn - An unidentified man was stabbed to death on Classon Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.