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NYC Mayor: Police respond to uptick in shootings

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Photo - Candles are lit at a memorial in New York, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in memory of two men who died Sunday after a gunman got out of his car and opened fire. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city's police force is zeroing in on the sites of 23 shootings over the weekend. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Candles are lit at a memorial in New York, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in memory of two men who died Sunday after a gunman got out of his car and opened fire. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city's police force is zeroing in on the sites of 23 shootings over the weekend. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city's police force is zeroing in on the sites of 23 shootings this past weekend.

But the mayor told a news conference at City Hall on Monday that the spate of violence that took two lives does not reflect New York's general crime trend.

De Blasio noted that crime in general is down about 3 percent so far this year compared to 2013. And there were 26 fewer murders this year.

However, shootings are up by 12 percent. Two young men died Sunday in upper Manhattan after a gunman got out of his car and opened fire.

The mayor says Police Commissioner William Bratton is making sure that wherever there's an uptick in shootings, additional police officers will move in quickly.

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