Seven people were shot last night around the city as Mayor Bloomberg toured some of the city’s most violent police precincts as part of "National Night Out." Bloomberg defended the city's controversial stop-and-frisk program and touted lower crime numbers in an appearance at a Harlem block party in the 32nd Precinct: “The proof is in the numbers. Take a look crime here is down 36 percent from where it was in 2001,” he said. Within hours, a man and two women were shot in the 32nd Precinct near Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 143rd Street.
In addition to those three, three people were shot in the Bronx at about 11 p.m.—a 17-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen, a 14-year-old girl shot in the left thigh and an 18-year-old boy hit in the upper chest. All were taken to Jacobi Hospital, and were expected to survive. A man was shot in the chest on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn around the same time. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital; his current condition hasn't been released.
“Since 2001, the NYPD had cut crime citywide by 32 percent and made this the safest big city in the nation,” Bloomberg added during his appearance at the 29th annual National Night Out, an event organized to promote crime prevention around the country. Capt. Philip Rivera, head of the 41st Precinct in Longwood, told DNAInfo the event was "symbolic of taking back the streets." Local politicians and residents all agreed that better police tactics were necessary to foster trust and respect within the most troubled neighborhoods: “More so than being stopped,” noted assemblyman Marcos Crespo , “I think people don’t want to be approached aggressively and inappropriately.”