NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- The number of teenage victims and shooters in New York City, the most populous city in the United States, has tripled in recent years with New Yorkers under 18 now accounting for an ever greater share of the bloodshed on city streets, New York Post reported on Thursday.
A three-page data analysis prepared by the New York Police Department revealed that 12.7 percent of identified shooters were younger than age 18 during the first eight months of 2022, a significant jump from the same time period in 2017, when 9.2 percent of shooters were identified as teenagers.
"Compounding that finding, the share of teenagers injured or killed in shootings has also exploded over the five-year period," said the report.
Teenagers represented 10.9 percent of the shooting victims across the city's five boroughs over the first eight months of 2022, the analysis found, double the 5.7 percent rate reported in 2017.
"Those under 18 have become far more likely to become a victim of a shooting or named by cops as the suspected triggerman as the number of shootings across the five boroughs surged amid the coronavirus pandemic," noted the report.
There were 111 teenage shooting victims over the first eight months of 2022, which is triple the 36 victims over the same time period in 2017. The increase outpaces the overall rise in gun violence, which has nearly doubled in 2022 when compared to 2017, the report said. ■