Homicides among mostly minority young men ages 13 to 21 in the city have dropped by more than 50% so far this year, a trend which the NYPD chalked up to its aggressive anti-gang offensive known as Operation Crew Cut, officials said Monday.
The decline comes as shootings and killings are down 21 citywide this year, which NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said is due to cracking down on gangs.
Kelly announced the trends as officials revealed indictments against 20 members and associates of gangs near Ocean Hill-Brownsville, with charges including murder, assault, weapons possession and more.
Homicides among 13- to 21-year-olds have dropped from 87 in 2012 to 43, through Sunday, police said. Citywide, homicides are down from 379 to 303, and shootings have dipped to 1,012 from 1,268.