Mayhem in May: NYPD reports 22% crime spike and 73% shooting surge


Coming off a 30% crime spike in April, New York City witnessed a 22% uptick in major felonies across the five boroughs in May, the NYPD reported Thursday.

Compounding the surge was yet another jump in shootings, with 173 episodes of gun violence reported in New York City last month — up 73% from the 100 shootings reported for the same period the previous year. Even so, the murder rate remained flat for May, with 37 homicides reported — the same number recorded in May 2020.