Shootings Are Up, But NYC Still on Pace to Have Lowest Murder Rate Ever

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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is responding to the recent spate of early summer shootings by adding extra cops in high-crime areas, CBS reports. Gun violence is up 43 percent since this time last year, and 129 people were shot in May. “This one ... I believe, is a spike, and spike we’ll be able to respond to,” Bratton said. But it's not all bad! He added that crime is still down overall, and murders are down more than 15 percent from this time in 2013. If that number holds, the city is on pace to have its fewest homicides ever — under 300.