Gun violence up in some Hudson Valley cities

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ALBANY – The Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative, known as GIVE, has issued a report on shooting incidents and individuals killed by gun violence for several Hudson Valley police agencies that participate in the program.

The state Division of Criminal Justice Services provides funding, training, and technical support to 20 police agencies and their law enforcement partners in 17 counties through the GIVE program, which aims to reduce shootings and save lives in communities with high rates of violent and firearm-related crime.

In the Hudson Valley, the cities of Kingston, Middletown, Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie and Yonkers police departments and the Village of Spring Valley Police Department participate in GIVE.

The 2022 numbers listed below are through June 30.  The five-year average is for the period covering 2016-2020.

The City of Kingston had two injured by gunshots in 2021 and one this year.  The five-year average in Kingston is four injuries by gun, four victims hit by gunshots, and one death.

Middletown had one victim hit by gunshot in 2021 and one to date in 2022.  The five-year average is three injured by gunshots, three hit by gunshots, and one death.

Mount Vernon had 16 people injured by gunshots in 2021 and 10 so far this year.  The five-year average is 18 injured by gunfire, 22 hit by gunshots, and five deaths.

Newburgh has seen a dramatic increase in gun violence.  Twenty-one victims were injured by gunfire in 2021 and 22 have been injured so far this year.  In 2021 there were 10 people struck by gunfire, and 17 have been hit so far this year.  The five-year average indicates 19 injured by gunfire, 23 hit by gunfire, and three deaths by gun violence.

The City of Poughkeepsie had four injured by gunfire in 2021 and 11 so far this year.  Five victims were hit by gunshots in 2021 while there has been 14 hit so far this year.  There was one death in 20121 and three to date in 2022.  The five-year average shows 12 injured by gunfire, 13 hit, and two killed.

In Spring Valley, four were injured in 2021, and no injuries to date in 2022.  The five-year average shows one injured by gunfire, one struck by gunfire, and no deaths.

The City of Yonkers had 10 injured by gunfire in 2021 and seven in 2022.  In 2021, 18 were struck by gunfire while only eight have been hit in 2022.  The five-year average shows 24 gun injuries, 26 people hit by gunfire, and three deaths.

These police departments must report the following to GIVE every month:
• Shooting incidents involving injury or death: The number of shooting incidents that resulted in one or more individuals injured or killed.
• Shooting victims: The number of individuals shot; this total includes the number of individuals who died from gun violence.
• Individuals killed by gun violence: The number of individuals who died after sustaining gunshot injuries.