At least 13 people were shot and two were killed in one bloody night in the Bronx. The shootings, which all occurred on Friday night and early Saturday morning, sent the boroughs crime rate soaring, and left local officials enraged. "Those responsible for these shootings must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Those who would turn to a gun as the answer to their problems have no place in decent society. This has to stop,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in a press release.

In one incident, several gunmen crashed a party on Grand Concourse near East 171st Street, leaving the host dead and three teenagers wounded. Witnesses say the partygoers opened the door and the gunmen opened fire. One friend said, "It was a little kid party. It wasn’t for grown-ups, nothing like that. You wouldn’t expect nothing like that to happen, because everybody really knows each other." And 16-year-old Alexis Abreu was shot after receiving a phone call and stepping outside of his house on Cromwell Avenue. Friends say he was a devoted Yankees fan, and one said, “He was a good kid, humble, good to his family."

The borough's murder rate jumped 23% this year to date by the end of July, and rape and robbery are also up. But Ruben Diaz Jr. says he won't let the Bad Old Days return. He said, "We have seen dark times in the Bronx, but together as a community we have worked hard to rebuild our neighborhoods and make our borough a great place to live...we will not allow the actions of the worst among us to diminish our progress."