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19 injured in separate New York City shootings

At least 19 people were injured in 13 separate shooting incidents across New York City, police said.

Updated Jun 21, 2020 03:51 AM

19 injured in separate New York City shootings

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) said on Saturday that it was investigating the13 separate shootings since midnight, with six in the borough of the Bronx, two in Queens, four in Brooklyn and one in Manhattan, reports Xinhua news agency.

At least one of the injured is in critical condition. The victims' ages ranged from 16 to 47, the Department said.

Other details, including possible motives, were not provided by the NYPD.

The incidents happened on the first weekend since the NYPD disbanded its undercover anti-crime unit.

On June 15, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said the department would immediately transition some 600 plainclothes anti-crime officers to other assignments including neighbourhood policing and detective work.

Earlier this week, the department announced citywide crime statistics for May, showing there were 100 shooting incidents, a 64 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the number of murders saw a 79 per cent increase, the crime of auto theft increased by 68 per cent, and burglary increased by 34 per cent, according to a press release.

The NYPD said its summer All-Out initiative, which has been successful in prior years, was in effect again this year.

Hundreds of uniformed officers will fan out across some 10 neighbourhoods that have experienced upticks in crime.

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