Despite placing first, Brooklyn's percentage of total murders was down from the year before, when homicides here accounted for 42 percent of the city's totals.
So far this year, 136 people have been murdered in the city, a 20 percent decrease from this time last year, even though shootings have gone up six percent.
Ray Kelly attributes the decline in deaths to various tactics, such as gun-buyback programs. Murders in Brooklyn North, he said, declined at a rate three times faster than the citywide average. As for who was killed, the News reports:
About 62% of all victims [not just in Brooklyn] were black, although that demographic makes up about 23% of the city’s population... About 38% of murder victims were black men between 16 and 37 years old... One in five homicide victims were women, 54% of them killed in domestic violence incidents.
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