NYC Communities Coming Together To Find Ways To Prevent Shootings

As gun violence surges in New York City, there's a new effort to keep people safe this summer. Communities are coming together to find ways to prevent shootings by taking action in their own neighborhoods; CBS2's Christina Fan reports.

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- As gun violence surges in the city, there's a new effort to keep people safe this summer.

- Communities are coming together to find ways to prevent shootings by taking action in their own neighborhoods. CBS2's Christina Fan has more.

CHRISTINA FAN: A five-year-old grazed in the head, a 12-year-old shot in the chest, and four family members killed in a murder-suicide. All these acts of violence occurred in the last 10 days, and families are crying enough is enough.

SHNEAQUA PURVIS: When are we going to stop this? When are we going to not sweep this under the rug?

CHRISTINA FAN: Just this year, there have been at least 300 shootings, a 56% increase over 2020, that was already plagued by gunfire. Leaders of the New York City Crisis Management System set a bold goal Tuesday at City Hall Park, unveiling a three-part approach to create the safest summer in city history.

K. BAIN: A lot of the work is, how do we make peace cool in our community? How do we make it a trend that people want to follow in general?

CHRISTINA FAN: The first part of the plan is already in motion. Activists are identifying the city's most problematic neighborhoods, and then flooding those hotspots with community events this summer. The second part involves cross-coordination, moving credible messengers from one borough to another that might be experiencing retaliatory shootings.

ROSALYN MASON: We're not waiting for the shots to ring out. We're coming to the streets because we want to make a difference.

CHRISTINA FAN: Activists say the third, extremely crucial, part of the plan relies on the people of New York City to get involved.

K. BAIN: Something as simple as, you know, volunteering at the barbecue, in the name of peace. Something as simple as, you know, canvassing, walking through the community, handing out opportunity pamphlets or information on jobs. You should definitely be looking to get involved with your local organizations.

CHRISTINA FAN: How safe this summer is will depend on everyone's involvement. In Lower Manhattan, Christina Fan, CBS2 News.