As we know, New Year's Eve brings out the worst in people
. An hyped-up party atmosphere mixed with thousands of people mixed with alcohol will produce that blowback; on my walk from the Flatiron district to the East Village at around 2 a.m., I witnessed two huge fights, five ambulances, and a streaker pinned down by the NYPD in Union Square. So let's just say the "safest city in America" had a rough morning.
In the wee hours after the ball dropped, the AP reported
people were shot (all in separate incidents) across New York City. Repeat: nine. What kind of New Year's Eve was this?
The shooting began around 2 a.m. -- prime time, as said before, for chaos. A 32-year-old man was shot in the stomach in a Bronx building lobby. Soon after, a woman was shot in the back in Bushwick.
Thankfully, these nine violent run-ins were all non-fatal. But still, nine people shot is not an easy number to overlook.
As the night continued, the Daily News reported that another 24-year-old man was shot around 3 a.m. near Fordham Road after a fight broke out. Zooming over to Queens County, a man was shot in the Queensbridge Houses later on at 4:30 a.m. And, at almost the same time, a 42-year-old man was shot in the stomach on Staten Island.
Unfortunately, it doesn't stop there: At around 5 a.m., a woman was shot in the Bronx's Butler Houses, and, at 5:45 a.m., a bloody man was dropped off with gunshot wounds at Kings County Hospital. Two hours later, a man was shot in the stomach in Brownsville and another in the Bronx again. After that, the night of violence ended.
Luckily, in all these situations, the victim was either brought immediately by authorities to nearby medical care or dropped off at a hospital by someone. This might explain the non-fatal factor.
Regardless, this night was all but testament to a year where gun control will most definitely
be a topic of our conversations. Although Mr. Bloomberg trotted out
his victory speech the other day at the NYPD Academy graduation, it's still blatantly clear that we have work to do. Even if
New Year's Eve is a freakish outlier in New York City's collective nightlife behavior.