Edgar Sandoval, Rocco Parascandola, and Larry Mcshane, New York Daily News, December 2, 2010
It’s late Saturday night, sometime after 3 a.m.
A black man with a history of drug crimes, somewhere between 25 and 40 years old, is hanging on the streets with a gun-toting pal.
That man is the New Yorker most likely to be murdered in 2010.
A Daily News review of the latest NYPD crime statistics shows drugs are a factor in at least half of city homicides–and two out of three victims are black.
Stats through Tuesday reveal 49% of all murder victims are involved with drug use and/or drug sales. The figure is 53% for murder suspects.
The numbers say 67% of murder victims are black, with 25% Hispanic and just 4% white.
Much of the data mirrors past years, when black men were most often targeted in fatal shootings.
The stats also showed 65% of killings occur outdoors; only 10% of murder suspects were women, and 77% of victims knew their killers.
The last figure underscores what police have maintained for years: There’s little chance of a law-abiding New Yorker dying at the hands of a stranger.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said the department was still focused on derailing the deadly drug trade.