Spike in violent crimes seen on LI ahead of Biden visit
A rise in shootings across Long Island has several neighborhoods on edge.
In just a week, at least five people have been shot in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Two of the victims were killed.
Four of the shootings happened in Suffolk County - two were in Shirley and two were in Central Islip.
Daniel DeCosta, 34, was killed in a shooting on Flower Road Saturday.
A 49-year-old man was killed Sunday in a shooting in Hempstead.
No one has been arrested for the latest shootings.
Politicians and programs both federally and locally are doing their part to combat the issue.
President Joe Biden met with New York City Mayor Eric Adams to speak about recent shootings across the country.
New Hour, a community outreach program for women and children affected by crime and incarceration, is working to help with housing and mental health support.
“The pandemic certainly has been to blame, housing and mental health support, and what we know is that we all do better when we work together,” says Serena Liguori of New Hour. “We want and encourages our members to work with the police.”
Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder tells News 12 that there has been a big increase in shootings this year. He says most of the shootings are being done by Bloods and Crips.
“We have our gang unit, working very closely with our gun suppression team,” Ryder says.
Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman says around one-third of illegal handguns were confiscated from people that were out because of the bail reform act. He says Albany needs to “get serious about changing that law.”
Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney tells News 12 he has started a new violent criminal enterprise team made up of prosecutors and investigators to look at connecting shooting to make links for prosecution.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison also emphasized the importance of precision policing and putting the right officers in the right places.
Harrison tells News 12 that officers, including those on the firearms suppression team,have made 13 gun possession arrests so far this year.