Four people were killed in incidents in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens yesterday. According to the Daily News, the first incident was before 1 a.m. in Harlem, when "Edward Meyers, 44, of Queens, was stabbed to death at W. 112th St. and Lenox Ave." Then, a 49-year-old homeless man, Richard Salters, was shot at a deli in Far Rockaway, just after 2 a.m., following an argument with three other men.
At 5:15 a.m., three people were shot when a man was turned away from a Rogers Avenue party in Brooklyn. The suspect shot eighteen-year-old Michael Gonzales in the chest, and hit two others in their arms; Gonzales later died at a hospital. Finally, at 8:30 p.m., a 19-year-old man was fatally shot on Dean Street near Troy Avenue.
Last week, it was reported that the NYPD was increasing its overnight patrols, after a spike in crime (when comparing 2010 year-to-date to 2009 year-to-date stats) revealed an 11% jump in murders (221, vs. 2009's 199), 13% increase in rapes (629 vs. 55) and a 7% hike in shootings (799 vs. 748). And last year, the NY Times looked at NYC crime data over seven years and found that the city becomes a "distinctly lethal place" during the summer months.