Brooklyn DA: Shootings down 25%, homicide rate dropped
New stats released by the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office show that crime in Brooklyn is on the decline, with shootings in the borough down around 25% this year.
The homicide rate has also dropped by 67% in Brownsville, with only a total of seven compared to 21 homicides in 2022. The district attorney's office says that there have been around 150 less shootings in 2023 compared to 2022.
Homicides overall decreased by nearly 10%, with overall crime down by more than 5%.
"What we've really tried to do this year is focus our efforts on the small number of individuals who we believe used a firearm in the commission of a crime," said DA Eric Gonzalez.
His office says its focus continues to target violent street gangs. The DA's office says it is working with community organizations to mentor at-risk youth and get illegal guns off the streets.