Friday Jul 06, 201212:02 AM GMT
NYC shootings: 17 shot on Fourth of July, says NYPD
Fri Jul 6, 2012 12:1AM
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Wednesday's Fourth of July celebrations in New York City were marred by a streak of violence, with NYPD officials confirming that 12 people were shot Wednesday between 5pm and 12am.

 

The New York Post reports one victim, a 33-year old man in the Flatlands neighborhood of Brooklyn, died from a fatal shooting to his head. Two unrelated shootouts within 15 minutes of each other also injured five.

 

Also on Wednesday, an MTA police officer was stabbed in the eye by an unprovoked, deranged man wielding a knife at a Long Island Railroad station in Queens. The officer has since undergone over four hours of surgery and has been taken out of intensive care.

 

When the day was done, a total of 17 people were shot in New York this July Fourth.

 

The Fourth of July shootings mirror 2011's violent Labor Day weekend during which 67 people were shot within three days and one bloody shootout left two cops injured and two people dead.

 

Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have repeatedly called on Washington to enact stricter gun laws. It was reported in April that the National Rifle Association donates more money to New York politicians than any other state, specifically to prevent the implementation of microstamping, a technology that marks a unique code onto gun shells when fired. Huffington Post

 

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Police say a woman was struck by a stray bullet and three teens were shot a short time later during Fourth of July celebrations in West Palm Beach. Nydailynews.com

 

An NYPD officer was shot in the chest on the Lower East Side - becoming the ninth officer hit this year - and while he was saved by his Kevlar vest, the gunman is still on the loose. nymag.com

 

Two people died and four were injured during two separate shootings in northwest Washington during the Fourth of July holiday. Washington Post

 

The holiday violence comes after a scorching week in which 60 people were victims of gunfire. nymag.com

 

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