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.
- 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.