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Stray bullet kills woman during violent Labor Day weekend


Summary of story from the Huffington Post, September 6, 2011

A violent Labour Day weekend in New York ended with the deaths of 67 people as a result of shootings.

One woman, 56 year-old Denise Gay, died after she was hit with a stray bullet in the head after police returned fire during a shooting incident on her street.

She had been sitting on a stoop, talking to her daughter and was pronounced dead on the spot.

City Councilwoman, Letitia James, said she and other city officials, along with community groups, are planning a press conference this week to address one of the bloodiest weekends in recent memory.

The violence began at 6 a.m. Saturday morning when a 35-year-old woman was shot and wounded in Brooklyn.

On Sunday, Mayor Bloomberg, responding to news that 24 people had been shot within a 24-hour time span, said, “We cannot tolerate it. There are just too many guns on the streets and we have to do something about it.”

Police sources told The New York Post they hadn’t seen violence like this since New York City’s crime heyday in the 1980s.

Overall, gun violence in the city is down 5.9 per cent from last year. As of August 28, 1,123 people had been shot in New York this year, according to the New York police.

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