In the first seven months of 2008, southern Queens has already seen more homicides than it did during all of 2007.
Murder rate spikes in south Queens
Forty-four murders have occurred so far in the area, with the latest two happening as recently as two weeks ago - compared to 43 for 2007, according to NYPD data.
“There are more guns on the street,” said Chief Thomas V. Dale, head of Patrol Borough Queens South, in response to why the murder rate is up in this area. But he said he is not sure where the weapons come from.
The greatest percentage change between last year’s number of murders and this year’s number has taken place in the 102nd and 100th Precincts - a 400 percent increase for both precincts, NYPD statistics reveal.