48 Shot in NYC Over Weekend
Mayor calls explosion of Labor Day violence 'unconscionable'
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2011 4:25 AM CDT
Spectators react as the West Indian Day Parade moves past them yesterday along Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.   (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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(Newser) – Two police officers and 46 other people were shot in New York City over the holiday weekend, reports the New York Daily News. Many called it the worst weekend of violence in years, with three people killed, including a 56-year-old woman sitting on her porch who was hit by a stray bullet. The man who shot her then shot at police, who returned fire and killed him. "It was a senseless murder and another painful reminder of of how federal officials fail to take the problem of gun violence seriously," said Mayor Bloomberg. "It is a matter of life and death and in this case, the death was of an innocent New Yorker."

Much of the violence surrounded a West Indies parade yesterday, with four men shot at a pre-parade barbecue, and others shot along the route, including one incident not far from where the mayor was marching. "Frankly," said the police commissioner, "this is something that does happen at this parade."