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Albany leaders discuss gun violence statistics

WNYT Staff
Created: August 12, 2020 12:38 PM

ALBANY -- Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Eric Hawkins gathered Wednesday to discuss the number of shootings that have happened this year.

They said the city has had 175 confirmed shots fired calls this year. Of that number, 69 have been confirmed shootings in which someone was injured by a bullet.

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There have been 92 victims from the 69 shootings. Seven were homicides.  

Mayor Sheehan and Chief Hawkins also went over the number of people who have been arrested in connection to the shootings.

They said 29 incidents have led to arrests. Ten people accounted for 15 shooting incidents, and they are currently in jail.  Another 14 have been arrested for shots fired, but they are not in jail.

Chief Hawkins said police were the ones who recorded the shots in 13 of the shooting instances, not bystanders or people involved. He said it certainly points to the brazen nature of some of these acts of violence.

However, he said they are seeing a decrease in violent crime in the city over the past month, a time when they typically see it rise.

He said that’s thanks to partnerships with faith-based organizations, individuals from the community, as well as law enforcement partnerships with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police.

While there has been a lot of focus on stopping violence before it starts, Hawkins said that isn’t always easy to do because violence is caused by a multitude of things.

“What we have learned in some investigations is that the source was something that happened five or ten years ago, or it involved a relative or friend of the two who are directly involved. A lot of it just doesn’t make sense,” Hawkins said.

Emily Burkard will discuss the role that community partnerships play, starting on Live at 4.


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