NYPD touts drop in murders, shootings in September – but rates remains far higher than before COVID-19 pandemic

While murders and shootings continued to decrease across New York City in September, statistics from the NYPD show that last month’s figures for both categories were still much higher than they were in September 2019, about six months before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

The department reported a 22% drop in homicides, with 46 occurring in September 2021, down from the 59 tallied in the same month in 2020. Shooting incidents also fell 9.3%, from 150 recorded in September 2020 to 136 last month.

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