Gotham finally has the first sign that shootings may be slowing — after a bloody summer marred by surging gun violence.
For the first time in more than four months, the number of people shot last week was the same as last year, new NYPD data shows. There were 34 victims in both instances.
The data still shows a nearly 35-percent spike in shooting incidents from the same week in 2019, up to 31 from 23 — but that total was down significantly compared to the 16 straight summer week when gunplay was up nearly 300 percent at times.
Gotham surpassed 1,000 shootings at the end of August, a milestone that was last topped in 2015 when 1,138 shootings were reported.
In 2020, the city has already surpassed the 2015 year-end total with 1,153 shootings recorded as of Monday, the data shows.
The data was released Monday — a day after seven people were shot, one of whom fatally, in separate incidents across the five boroughs.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said last Monday that shootings were beginning to trend down.
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