The Fourth of July holiday weekend saw a dramatic rise in shootings compared to years past.

Between Friday and Monday, 44 shootings with 63 victims occurred across the five boroughs, according to police. This same time last year there were 16 shootings over the holiday weekend, with 21 victims.

Just Sunday alone, there were 30 shooting incidents with at least 10 people killed.

Leaders from inside the NYPD are pointing fingers to try and get things under control.

The Manhattan District Attorney and a Manhattan Commanding Officer for the NYPD are in a public fight over the violence in the city this weekend.

Yesterday, NYPD Manhattan South on Twitter called out District Attorney Cy Vance for his absence as the community is being attacked. 

In response, the DA's office posted a statement saying, in part: "It is unclear what the Manhattan District Attorney could substantively contribute at a crime scene. We do not hold premature mini-press conferences which would potentially violate ethical rules and interfere with evidence collection."

Similarly, Assistant Chief Kathleen O'Reilly also called out elected officials for their absence amid the violence, saying "the community is suffering."


In an exclusive interview with NY1, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea suggested a low prison count at Rikers is to blame for the dramatic rise in shootings. He says precision policing and neighborhood policing will hold people accountable and build prosecutable cases.