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By John Dias
/ CBS New York
NEW YORK — There’s been a major gun bust in New York City.
Police say 46 weapons were taken off the streets.
The NYPD made the announcement and was joined by a mother who lost not one, but two sons to gun violence. She made an emotional plea.
“I want everyone to know that the NYPD vows to never let up on our enforcement efforts,” said NYPD Chief of Patrol Jeffrey Maddrey.
It’s a bold promise. Maddrey was touting an impressive seizure of illegal guns — nearly four dozen taken off the streets over three days last weekend. In all, 57 people were arrested.
Maddrey said it was made possible due to proper police training and the put in place by Mayor Eric Adams at the beginning of the year.
“It’s a harsh reminder of the staggering proliferation of guns that are flooding in our city. This ongoing scourge is a grave threat to everyone that lives works and visits here,” Maddrey said.
According to the latest NYPD statistics, , shooting incidents are down more than 11 percent from last year. But still, there have been at least 870 shooting incidents so far this year, leading to thousands of bullets flying across the five boroughs.
“And these are all coming from illegal firearms that are brought into our city,” Maddrey said.
On Monday, a 24-year-old Long Island man was fatally shot in Queens when two people opened fire. Video shows many others running for their lives.
Jackie Rowe Adams has lost two children to gun violence.
“Talk to our children and let them know you are killing each other. The police is not killing us. We killing us,” she said.
She added she applauds the police for their hard work, and many ongoing community efforts, but everyone must continue to work together to to make the streets a safer place. She also said bail reform is what’s causing harm.
“I applaud the police. I am very proud of NYPD because this is what we need. Enough is enough,” she said. “Gun trafficking must stop, and we can stop it.”
Police have yet to make an arrest in the shooting death of that Long Island man. Anyone with any information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.
John Dias is an Emmy-nominated reporter. He joined CBS2 News in November 2017.
First published on August 17, 2022 / 5:44 AM
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