As of yesterday, there were 16 murders in the city in 2008, a drop of more than 40 percent from the same time last year, and shootings also were down overall.
Already troubled by several recent daytime shootings, McCarthy retooled his deployment plan last week by assigning 20 officers from administrative positions to day patrol shifts. By the end of May, he’ll have more than 60 recruits to participate in the local version of New York City’s Operation Impact, in which rookie officers are deployed en masse into crime hot spots.
“We’re not panicking,” McCarthy said. “We’re concerned, obviously, but we’re taking steps to address it.”
McCarthy called this week’s shootings an “anomaly” that had little — if anything — to do with the warmer weather. The primary source of Newark’s gun violence remains the same: feuding drug crews who often engage in retaliatory attacks, he said. Throw in a robbery and some other less explainable violence, he said, and you’ve got a streak.
“Every once in a while we have a spasm of violence in places where it wasn’t occurring,” he said. “Sometimes there’s an explanation, and sometimes it’s bad luck.”
A friend relayed that Opie and Anthony referred to the corridor between Penn Station and the Prudential Arena as the Green Zone in Baghdad — a comment that would have been totally absurd a week ago, but now gets play because of the uptick in violence.
McCarthy’s been on the job and collecting data long enough that he can speak authoritatively on the stats, so I believe him that this is a statistical outlier. He’s quick to note in the video that shootings are down 17% and murders are down 40% over the same time a year ago. We’ll see in the next couple of weeks if we’re, indeed, looking at a trend or an anomaly.
A 27-year-old Newark man was arraigned today on murder, kidnapping and assault charges stemming from an Irvington crime spree, but authorities still were not able to explain why he allegedly fired on a series of random victims.
NAUGHTY BY NATURE rapper TREACH has been released by police after he was arrested following a spate of shootings in Newark, New Jersey.
The 37-year-old was detained for several hours by Newark authorities, who are investigating a double murder, but was released on Wednesday after being handed a fine for driving with a suspended licence.
A spokesman for Newark Police Department confirmed his release and admitted he was only “a potential witness” in the alleged shooting case, reports TMZ.com.