Shootings in New York City at this point in 2020 are on track to surpass the number of shootings witnessed during this time frame in 2018 and 2019 combined.

At least five people — including two teens — were shot early Friday, the latest victims of a shooting surge that has recently gripped the city, cops said.

Someone fired a round at a 41-year-old man as he opened his door on Hoe Avenue near Aldus Street in the Longwood neighborhood of the Bronx just before 5 a.m., police said. He was taken to Lincoln Medical Center for a gunshot wound to his leg.

In Queens, a 31-year-old man was shot in the leg at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 84th Street around 4:40 a.m., cops said. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, as reported by the New York Post.

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And around 12:30 a.m., two men, aged 18 and 20, and a 19-year-old woman were shot on 230th Street near 146th Avenue in Jamaica, cops said.

The younger man was taken to Mount Sinai South Nassau for a gunshot wound to his leg, and the older victim, who was struck in his torso and leg, went to Jamaica Hospital for treatment. The female victim walked into the same hospital for a graze wound to her back.

All three suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

On Thursday, the city saw a total of six shootings with six victims, according to a preliminary figure released by the NYPD. On that day in 2019, which was a Tuesday, there were four incidents with four victims, authorities said.

The New York Post reports there have been 821 shootings so far this year, whereas there 466 shootings in 2019, at this point, and 449 shootings at this same time in 2018. The total for 2018 and 2019 combined at this same point is 905, so there is a chance the 821 shootings thus far in 2020 could grow enough to overtake 2018 and 2019 totals before the end of the year.

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The Post reported there were 52,252 background checks performed for people wanting to buy guns in New York in June. The great majority of those background checks–31,003–were for rifle purchases.

Gun violence is commonplace in numerous Democrat-controlled cities around the country. For example, at least 35 were shot, 4 fatally, over the last weekend in Chicago, and one person was killed and as many as 20 others injured in a Sunday morning shooting in Washington, DC.


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