ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Governor Kathy Hochul is scheduled to make an announcement regarding gun violence at 7:10 p.m in Brooklyn. Her address comes as the City of Elmira, as well as the rest of the state, see an uptick in gun violence.
Over the past nine months, Elmira Police have responded to 82 reports of shots fired. In 2020, Elmira Police also recorded 82 incidents of shots fired, meaning the city will likely surpass last years numbers.
“It’s pretty much all over. I mean, each side of town, you know, north, south, west, east, it’s all of our postcards [that are] responding to the shots fired calls,” City of Elmira Police Chief Anthony Alvernaz said.
The violence is happening in other areas besides Elmira. Data shows homicide rates in large cities are up nearly 20-percent last year and nearly 25-percent this year.
“It’s a very startling thing to have to kind of live with every day,” Elmira resident Sam Somostrada said.
What’s causing the uptick is not entirely clear, though advocates believe it may be a result of more people returning to a pre-pandemic lifestyle.