From the Daily News:
The city's murder rate has shot up nearly 15% this year, and residents in the worst-hit precincts are worried New York is headed back to darker days.
The NYPD recorded 437 murders as of Sunday, compared with 382 in the same period last year.
In East Harlem's 25th Precinct, murders rose 400%, with 10 slayings this year compared with two at this time last year.
Overall crime - covering murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and auto theft - has dipped about 1% citywide.
Still, incidents involving gunplay have spiked. Statistics show 1,225 shootings, compared with 1,178 at this point last year - a 4% bump.
NYPD chief spokesman Paul Browne said the department is concerned about the increase and has sent extra cops into the 25th and 77th precincts.
Arrests for murder and the number of criminal summonses issued are up significantly in both precincts, he said.
A source familiar with the situation in the 25th Precinct blamed gang violence. Gang arrests there have skyrocketed more than 200%.