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Surge in shootings in 2021 blamed on reforms as Adams vows action

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The bullets keep flying over Broadway — and everywhere else in the Big Apple.

A year after the city suffered its worst crime surge in more than a decade, the number of shootings — and victims — continues to climb.

So far 1,828 people have been shot in the five boroughs — 0.4 % more than last year’s astronomical tally of 1,821, according to NYPD data through Dec. 19. The number of shootings — 1,526 — is up 2.4%.

These numbers do not include the five people shot in three separate incidents between  Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Brooklyn, where Mayor-elect Adams has been borough president since 2014, was the bloodiest borough, and the 73rd Precinct in Brownsville — the neighborhood of Adams’ birth — was the most violent precinct, data show.

“(The mayor-elect) finds the Brownsville stats completely, totally unacceptable,” Adams spokesman Evan Thies told The Post. “Stopping violent crime will be (Adams’s) priority when he’s mayor. And that will include a comprehensive plan to reduce shootings.”

The blueprint will include a new NYPD antigun unit, investments in violence interruption programs and inter-agency task forces, Thies said.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams has been borough president of Brooklyn, New York’s bloodiest borough, since 2014.
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King County accounted for nearly a third of New York City’s 2021 gunplay victims, 609, followed by The Bronx (588), Manhattan (303), Queens (288) and Staten Island (40).

“Crime is off the charts,” fumed state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), a former Manhattan prosecutor who said the sobering statistics are a product of Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the left-leaning City Council creating a “climate for crime” through bail reform laws, pandering to BLM rioters and anti-cop rhetoric.

“Government’s most basic responsibility is public safety. The misguided policies from the left have failed miserably in that regard and as a result New York is less safe and less livable than it has been in generations,” he said.

In the 73rd Precinct, 90 people have been shot so far, down from 115 shootings in 2020, but a 77% spike from two years ago.

Sen. Andrew Lanza
‘Crime is off the charts,’ fumed state Sen. Andrew Lanza.
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Most recently the 73rd saw a 31-year-old man gunned down outside his apartment building on Dec. 12. Tyrece Carroll was one of seven people shot across the city that Sunday morning. The 31-year-old man entered the courtyard at 8 Rockaway Ave. around 3:10 a.m. when someone behind him began firing, cops said. The killer sped off in a white sedan. Carroll died at Brookdale Hospital. There are no arrests.

“Out of all the ways I learned in school about the way someone could naturally die. To get a call saying y’all killed my brother. I’m truly f—ing disgusted. … I hate this world,” Tylia K. Carroll posted to Facebook hours after the slaying.

Even the playgrounds aren’t safe in Brownsville. The 73rd Precinct is hunting for two suspects who shot a pair of teenaged boys in a play area on Oct. 1. Shooters opened fire at the 15- and 16-year-old boys near Sterling Place and Saratoga Avenue at about 9:45 p.m. The 15-year-old was grazed in the shoulder and the 16-year-old shot in the leg.

a male was shot in the vicinity of Rockaway Avenue and Bainbridge Street
A male was shot in the vicinity of Rockaway Avenue and Bainbridge Street, Sunday, December 12, 2021.
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The 44th Precinct, which covers nearly two square miles of the southwest portion of the Bronx, is second in the city with with 86 shooting victims, a 41% spike from last year.

Tyrece Carroll
Tyrece Carroll was gunned down on Dec. 12.
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The 75th Precinct, which serves East New York and Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, has logged 83 shooting victims so far this year, down from the 124 people shot in 2020, but still a 34% increase of 2019.

East New York’s Rosalyn Jackson, who lost her son to gun violence in Canarsie, Brooklyn, in 2015, now fears for her 16-year-old grandson.

“It’s crazy. It’s to the point where I don’t want to go outside. It’s too dangerous. You can’t ride a bus,” said Jackson, 53, whose heart “still aches” for her son, Donnell Smith, who was cut down at age 25. She now fears for her 16-year-old grandson, Khamani, who lives with his mom at the Linden Houses in East New York.

“If there were stiffer penalties, maybe a lot of these kids wouldn’t be shot and killed. They go to jail and jail is like a vacation to them,” she said.

The 42nd Precinct, which covers the Morrisania in the Bronx, reported 74 shooting victims, a 37% spike from 2020; while the 47th Precinct in the northern Bronx logged 72 victims, a 44% increase from the 50 shot in 2020.

Police at the scene where a person was fatally shot in front of the Gouverneur Morris Houses located at 1382 Washington Avenue in the Bronx around 11 p.m. on December 11, 2021.
Police at the scene where a person was fatally shot on December 11, 2021.
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The surge in gun violence began in 2020, following a period in which violent crime plunged to levels not seen in years.

Michael Alcazar, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former NYPD detective, blamed the surge in gunplay on bail reform measures and the June 2020 disbanding of the NYPD’s anti-crime unit. “The message is clear for the criminals: Bail reform will get you out of jail free and the cops have been handcuffed and can no longer patrol in plainclothes,” he said.

Alcazar added that Mayor-elect Adams and his hand-picked police commissioner, Keechant Sewell, “have the right idea” if they follow through on plans to resurrect the broken-windows theory of policing and bring back plainclothes cops.

Rosalyn Jackson
Rosalyn Jackson, who lost her son to gun violence in 2015, now fears for her 16-year-old grandson.
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It was just about exactly a year ago, that then-Brooklyn Beep Adams gathered with other community leaders to take a stand against gun violence.

“I’m not here for political reasons. I’m here for personal reasons,” Adams told the crowd. “My son is 24. Every time I hear a young man is shot I’ve got to look through the article and say, ‘Tell me it’s not my baby.’”

Patrick Lynch, head of the city’s largest police union, said, “New Yorkers don’t need to see year-end stats to know we’re in a crisis. They’re hearing the gunshots in our neighborhoods every night, and cops are responding.

“We’ve reached this point because Mayor de Blasio and his fellow ideologues in City Hall and Albany won’t even admit there’s a problem, much less reverse course and fix the mistakes that caused it. Things won’t magically get better on Jan. 1, but we’re hopeful that our new city leaders will at least live and govern in the real world, instead of a progressive fantasyland.”

Police attend the scene of a shooting on Dec. 11.
Police attend the scene of a shooting on Dec. 11.
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The city recorded 1,531 shootings in 2020, a whopping 97% more than the 777 in 2019, NYPD data show. The number of shooting victims in the city ballooned 102% to 1,868 in 2020 from the 923 in 2019, the stats show.

Shooting victims are overwhelmingly minority: 73.9 percent of the people struck by a bullet in 2020 were black, and 22.5 percent were Hispanic, according to NYPD data. Blacks and Hispanics also accounted for 65.0 percent and 26.4 percent of murder victims, respectively, in New York City in 2020.

The races of shooting suspects followed similar patterns: 72.1 percent black and 24.7 percent Hispanic, according to the NYPD report.

Additional reporting by Kerry J. Byrne

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Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden died Tuesday morning at 85, the NFL announced. News of the football icon’s passing hit Twitter on Tuesday evening, and athletes, coaches and broadcasters from across the sports world reacted.

Fellow broadcasting legend Dick Vitale, who is currently battling cancer, called Madden “the greatest analyst of all time of any sport” in his Twitter tribute.

Former Yankees pitcher and notable Raiders fan CC Sabathia said “your legacy will live forever.” Madden coached the then-Oakland Raiders from 1969-78, a couple of years before Sabathia, a Vallejo, California native, was born. Lakers star LeBron James had similar words about Madden’s lasting legacy, adding an infinity emoji.

Former tennis star and social justice activist Billie Jean King recalled meeting Madden as a “privilege.”

Radio voice of the Rangers Kenny Albert, a five-sport broadcaster who’s been with FOX Sports since its inception in 1994, shared a photo circa 26 years ago to remember Madden.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones took a bit of a shot at current color commentators, noting that Madden “set an unreachable standard.”

Frank Caliendo, who’s made a career out of impersonations, including one for Madden, said he was surprised how emotional he felt.

Several football players, and others, including Saints running back Mark Ingram II and former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, credited Madden with being part of the reason why they love football.

Rams wide receiver and NFL MVP contender Cooper Kupp quote the late coach in his tribute: “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Knicks got back another body in rookie point guard Miles McBride, who was cleared from protocols Tuesday and rejoined the team in Minnesota.

But there is no longer any hype for the rookie’s return. Kemba Walker is back as the starting point guard and coming off winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors with four standout games, including his Christmas Day spectacular. The Knicks have gone 2-2 since Walker regained the starting job.

“It’s great,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He had a great week. He’s playing great basketball. The team winning helps him get recognized and he was a big part of driving that winning. It’s great for the team.’’

McBride was also spectacular in his last outing before getting COVID-19, when he played the entire second half Dec. 16 in Houston and seemingly earned a spot in the rotation. In fact, McBride had strung together two decent outings before he was ruled out. But things have changed since his emergence and McBride is likely back to being a bit player.

Without a practice, McBride wasn’t even expected to see time when the Knicks faced the Timberwolves to kick off a four-game road trip.

Miles McBride
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Of course, with Walker’s arthritic knee, anything is possible. The Knicks play Detroit on Wednesday in a back-to-back, so it’s uncertain whether Walker will complete both contests. In addition, Immanuel Quickley is out of COVID-19 protocols but Thibodeau wasn’t sure he was ready for meaningful minutes.

That left Walker against the depleted Timberwolves, who were missing their three top players (Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell), all because of COVID-19 .

Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
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When McBride got sidelined by the virus and Derrick Rose needed ankle surgery, Walker was resurrected by Thibodeau and it’s been a stunning comeback story.

Though Thibodeau has clear reservations about Walker based on his nine-game banishment due to his defensive malaise as an undersized point guard, he admitted after the Christmas Day triple-double against Atlanta that Walker is playing “much more aggressive.”

Walker’s triple-double that featured 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds was a lot different than his prior outing, when he scored 44 points against Washington.

“I thought his passing was terrific,’’ Thibodeau said before the Knicks resumed their schedule.

“Kemba had control of the game. The game tells you what to do. That’s what I loved about the way he played. I don’t think he forced anything. They puts size on him and were aggressive in their pick-and-roll coverage. He didn’t fight it. He attacked pressure the way you like to attack pressure. You don’t fight pressure with pressure. Don’t try to split it. Get rid of it, go to the backside. Let the game tell you what to do.’’

The Knicks coach is finally seeing all the elements of what Walker can do. Before his demotion, Walker was nothing more than a no-defense, 3-point shooter whose plus-minus was an abysmal minus-122.

Thibodeau was also concerned about his durability in sitting out two of the three back-to-back sets. The last load management game in Atlanta in late November triggered Thibodeau’s decision.

But now it’s only superlatives from Thibodeau in judging the last four games.

“Sometimes it’s going to be his shooting, sometimes it’s his penetration and getting in the paint to force a collapse and sometimes they’re being aggressive with their traps get rid of the ball quickly,’’ Thibodeau said. “The overall play, his rebounding. When your guards rebound, those are key to fast breaks. The more guard rebounding we get the better we can be. ‘’

The Knicks still have three players in protocols — centers Nerlens Noel and Jericho Sims and the newly infected Wayne Selden. Quickley and Kevin Knox were cleared on Christmas but were held out for conditioning.

No matter. The Knicks go as Kemba goes.

“He’s much more aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. “That was the challenge. At the beginning of the year he and Evan were two new starters. Sometimes guys are trying to fit in. he’s being very aggressive which is the way we want him to play. Not deferring at all. When he and Julius [Randle] are aggressive like that our team is different.’’

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When Zach Wilson stares across the MetLife Stadium field at the opposite sideline this Sunday, it won’t be Trevor Lawrence he’ll be looking at as his game-day counterpart.

Lawrence, drafted by Jacksonville one spot before the Jets selected Wilson at No. 2 overall last April, is a contemporary.

This Sunday at MetLife, the Jets rookie quarterback won’t be staring at a contemporary on the other sideline. He’ll be staring at the GOAT.

Tom Brady.

The bar raises dramatically for Wilson and the Jets, who are coming off of their feel-good, get-well win over the woeful Jaguars and Lawrence this past Sunday.

Brady and Buccaneers, who are 11-4, NFC South division champions and seeking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, play the Jets, who are 4-11 and seeking more signs of development from their rookie quarterback.

To say this is a step up in competition for Wilson and the Jets going from Lawrence and the Jags to Brady and the Bucs is as obvious as pointing out that Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown has had a few off-the-field incidents during his otherwise stellar NFL career.

There hasn’t been a lot to keep the interest of the Jets fan this season — other than watching Wilson’s development. That took an unfortunate pause for the four games Wilson missed with a knee injury, but he’s been back for five games and has looked like a better quarterback, throwing only two interceptions in those games (none in the last three) since returning from his injury.

The problem, though, is that Wilson hasn’t been producing enough touchdowns, throwing for three of them and rushing for four others in the past five games.

Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
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Baby steps, though.

Wilson was the better quarterback this past Sunday when matched up with Lawrence, who threw for more yards than Wilson did, but Wilson ran for 91 yards, including his electric 52-yard scoring jaunt, and made key throws when he needed them.

Wilson will not win Sunday’s game against Brady and the Bucs throwing for the 102 yards he had against the Jaguars. He and the Jets will need more.

Consider this: Brady enters the game having thrown 37 TD passes and for 4,580 yards this season and averages a league-high 305.2 passing yards per game.

Then this: The Buccaneers average 29.5 points per game this season, second most in the NFL.

And this: Wilson doesn’t have a single 300-yard passing game, averages 183 passing yards per game and has thrown seven TD passes in 11 games.

Seven TD passes is a pedestrian two-game total for Brady.

Wilson and the Jets are playing with house money anyway in what always has been a developmental season, so Sunday against Brady should, at its very least, be a great measuring-stick learning experience for Wilson, who’s studied Brady on tape.

Wilson revealed this month that he watched film of Brady before the Jets played the Eagles on Dec. 5 in an effort to pick up tips on how Brady worked against the Eagles defense when he played them earlier in the season.

“I thought it was really cool to see kind of how he went through his whole process, how he navigated the pocket, different things like that,” Wilson said at the time.

On Sunday, Wilson gets to see that process up close as Brady tries to dissect a Jets defense that has yielded 29.9 points per game this season, the most in the NFL.

That puts an added onus on Wilson to produce on the other side of the ball, because he knows Brady is going to get his. Wilson will likely need to produce four TDs — any way he can — for the Jets to simply remain competitive with the Super Bowl champs.

That’s a lot to ask of a 22-year-old kid who’s produced just 11 TDs in his 11 starts, up against Brady, who’s thrown 618 TD passes and for 83,784 yards in his remarkable career.

It, too, is a lot to ask playing against an aggressive Tampa Bay defense that’s ranked No. 9 in the NFL in points allowed (20.8 per game) and is led by former Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who’d surely like to send a holiday message to his former employer.

If you don’t think Bowles will be blitzing the bejesus out of Wilson, then you probably think Antonio Brown is a living saint.

The good news for the Jets is that Wilson has shown incremental improvements, particularly when it comes to his decision-making and quicker releases on his throws.

“He’s coming along, he’s getting more comfortable, he’s calmer back there,’’ Jets coach Robert Saleh said Monday. “He’s in a great headspace and it’s going to be fun to watch him grow, continue to grow.’’

A big part of that growth will take place this Sunday as he watches the GOAT operate from the opposite sideline at MetLife.

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