Oneida County sees uptick in shootings, homicides in 2020


ONEIDA COUNTY, NY (WUTR-TV) — Oneida County is seeing an uptick in gun violence — and District Attorney Scott McNamara says the state’s new Criminal Justice Reforms is to blame in that increase. Not only is there a bump in shootings — but also the amount of people who have been hit by gunfire and the amount of shooting fatalities.

“We can’t get the violence off the streets with all their charges anymore now. We’re just really seeing a huge increase in crime and it’s violent crime and we’re seeing a lot more people get shot and killed…” says Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara.

According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services data, for the first seven months of 2020 compared to the five year average: shooting incidents up 41% and individuals killed by gun violence up 45% in Oneida County.

In 2020, there has been 10 homicides in Oneida County. McNamara says normally around this time of the the year we would see about four homicides. He specifically blames the state’s new bail reform in seeing the increase of crime. “…Most crimes you can’t even get bail, and in the few violent crimes that you can, the courts still have to pick the least restricted,” says McNamara.

In the City of Utica, in 2020, there are five confirmed homicides and a total of 185 shots fired calls – 84 of those calls are confirmed shootings with evidence. In 2019, there is a total of six homicides with seven dead and 146 shots fired calls. 19 non fatal shootings in 2020 and 22 non fatal shootings reported in 2019.

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