New York City Gun Violence: 2004-2014

Shootings per 1,000 population

by Sheyla Delgado, Kevin Wolff, and Jeffrey Butts
Research & Evaluation Center
July 28, 2015

logo_nyccureWith funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the New York City Council, the Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College is conducting a program of studies known as NYC Cure. One study involves a partnership with the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) to evaluate the efficacy and outcomes of the Cure Violence model of violence reduction. The Cure Violence model is inspired by the public health approach to violence reduction.

Researchers are analyzing data about shootings and other violent crimes in various New York City neighborhoods. Each study area is denoted with a yellow boundary in the interactive map displayed below. Other bordered areas are catchment areas for pre-existing gun violence reduction programs based on the Cure Violence model, including those funded by the City Council of New York and by federal grants. [program areas].

The map below portrays an index of shooting incidents that occurred between 2004 and 2014. The Research & Evaluation Center calculated an index of shooting rates per capita based on shootings in which a civilian was injured. The rate index is calculated to weigh recent shootings more heavily than shootings from earlier years.

Shooting information is mapped at the level of U.S. Census Tracts. The census tracts are bounded in turn by green lines that portray the borders of the city’s police precincts (NYPD). When a census tract within the five boroughs of New York City does not have shading (i.e. very light grey on the map), this indicates that the tract reported no shootings from 2004 to 2014. Areas with slightly darker grey shading may have reported shootings, but their resident populations were too small (fewer than 500 inhabitants) to permit the calculation of a reliable per capita index. Blue areas represent census tracts with increasingly higher rates of shootings. Areas of the map shaded entirely in green are properties managed by the New York City Housing Authority — i.e. public housing communities.

In the interactive map:

  • click any Census Tract to obtain demographic data about that tract
  • click on the yellow border of a program area to learn more about that program.

Per Capita Index of Shootings in New York City (2004-2014) within NYPD Precinct Boundaries

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Funding support provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the New York City Council. The Research & Evaluation Center is grateful for the cooperation and support of the New York Police Department in providing and documenting the law enforcement data used in this map. The crime data were provided by and continue to belong to the New York City Police Department. Further use of the data must be approved by the New York City Police Department. Points of view or opinions contained within this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the New York City Police Department.