Rising Gun Violence In NYC Prompts Calls For Tougher Gun Laws

Gun violence is up in New York City. There were eight shootings across the boroughs on Tuesday alone. CBS2's Christina Fan has more on the calls for tougher gun laws.

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- In New York City, gun violence is up. Yesterday alone there were eight shootings across the boroughs. Last year at this time, a month and a half into the year, there had been 90 shootings. So far this year, there have been 118.

CBS2's Christina Fan has more on the calls for tougher gun laws.

- So the bullet came through this window.

CHRISTINA FAN: This Brooklyn mother, who asked us not to use her name, showed us the reason why she's so fearful, even in her own home. Last night, a stray bullet pierced through her Glenwood Houses apartment window, penetrating her kitchen wall.

- I'm grateful that I wasn't hit by the bullet, but my whole like flashed in front of me because now I'm afraid. Where do I sleep? Where do I stay where I have to worry about bullets coming through this window?

CHRISTINA FAN: There were a total of eight shootings Tuesday, resulting in 10 victims. In Far Rockaway, a stray bullet hit a 30-year-old woman who was sleeping in her friend's apartment.

On the Lower East Side, a 75-year-old woman was grazed while walking.

TONY HERBERT: This just speaks to the volume of guns that are in our community and the lack of respect that people have for the gun laws.

CHRISTINA FAN: Community advocate Tony Herbert is pushing for harsher penalties. At the start of this week, shootings were up 20% citywide, compared to this time last year, and up 44% compared to two years ago.

TONY HERBERT: What we have to do is send a message and say, hey, look, if you're caught with an illegal firearm in our city, you will be charged with 10 years mandatory minimum of going to jail.

CHRISTINA FAN: The recent shootings are also coinciding with a rash of subway crimes. This week, the NYPD deployed more than 600 officers into the transit system. But families say the situation above ground is equally dire.

- To live in this particular type of environment and trying to raise kids, how do you-- how do you maintain a decent mental balance when you're always afraid?

CHRISTINA FAN: Inside or outside their homes, families feel like there is nowhere safe.

In the Flatlands section of Brooklyn, Christina Fan, CBS2 News.