New York City residents are rejoicing over Monday's once-in-a-lifetime occurrence!
For the first time in recent history, no one was shot, stabbed, murdered, or slashed in the Big Apple, reports the NYPD. The crime-free day began around 10:30 pm on Sunday and continued up until 11:20 am Monday, when a 27-year-old man was gunned down in Brooklyn.
The news even came as a shock to law enforcement.
The New York Daily News reports:
The shutout seemingly caught the NYPD by surprise, as officials were almost at a loss to explain it.
"Nice way to start the week," said Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD's top spokesman.
Neither Browne nor other officials could remember the last time a day ended with three zeros.
It likely didn't happen in 1990, when the city logged a record 2,245 murders, said Tom Reppetto, a NYPD historian and author of "American Police, 1945-2012."
Reppetto said that the lack of gun and knife violence on Monday may be rare, but not a complete surprise, given that the city is on pace to finish the year with just over 400 murders.
"They're going to come in with the fewest number of murders since about 1960,'' he said. "It's an almost impossible figure, but their programs have been fabulously successful in stopping crime."
Hopefully, the city that never sleeps will continue on this pathway of safer streets!