New York City Shootings Spike for First Time in Decades with 16 photographs

Family members gather around Albert Vaughn’s coffin to say goodbye. “Lil Al” was beaten to death with a baseball bat by Nathaniel Tucker. The conflict began when Vaughn, 18, confronted Tucker’s cousin, who had gotten into an argument with Vaughn’s younger brother. Englewood, Chicago, 2008.

Family members gather around Albert Vaughn’s coffin to say goodbye. “Lil Al” was beaten to death with a baseball bat by Nathaniel Tucker. The conflict began when Vaughn, 18, confronted Tucker’s cousin, who had gotten into an argument with Vaughn’s younger brother. Englewood, Chicago, 2008.

TIME

Shootings in New York City have spiked by 20% this year compared with the same period in 2013, presenting challenges for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

More than 439 shooting incidents have been recorded so far this year, marking the first uptick in gun violence since the late 1990’s, the New York Times reports.

The overall murder rate remains well below its peak from decades ago, but the numbers hint at a growing challenge for de Blasio, as shooting rates historically tend to climb in the warm summer months ahead.

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