As violent crime continues to be a hot-button issue across New Orleans, the city has reached a grim milestone much faster than in previous years.
With multiple shootings on the evening of July 25, the city reached 400 people injured by gunfire in 2017, according to crime analyst Jeff Asher. That is almost month earlier than in 2010, the first year the data began being tracked and the second earliest date it had been reached.
Date of 400th shooting victim in New Orleans, 2010 - 2017: pic.twitter.com/LEZAU5mfxi— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) July 26, 2017
New Orleans has reached the mark each of the past eight years, but didn't in 2016 until Oct. 2, according to Asher. The latest date the mark was reached was in 2015, when it took until Nov. 5, according to Asher.
The number is a count of all gunshot victims, not fatal incidents. The unofficial figure for fatal incidents is currently at 105, not including accidental shootings or shootings deemed justified, Asher said.
The mark of 300 shooting victims was also reached ahead of pace, being registered this year on May 31.
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