NYPD Beefs Up Patrols After Rise in Shootings

NEW YORK (AP) -

The New York City Police Department said Monday it is beefing up patrols and putting more officers in certain neighborhoods to combat a recent spate of shootings.

More uniformed officers will be assigned to housing developments, and mobile and stationary observation towers will be deployed to areas near the shootings. Investigators will also monitor gang crews to try to prevent retaliation shootings.

Authorities say 26 people were shot, including seven fatalities, over a 72-hour period from Friday through Sunday.

Even with the recent shootings, police officials say homicides are still down 24 percent from last year.