I blame global warming. Well, that and meddling from opponents of stop-and-frisk procedures.
It’s heating up out there.
The number of people shot in the city last week jumped nearly 50 percent compared with the same period last year — and a deadly mix of hotter temperatures and fewer stop-and-frisks is to blame, cops said yesterday.
Sixty people were shot in the five boroughs last week — a 46 percent increase over last year’s 41 victims, police said.
And that could just be the beginning, warned one law-enforcement source.
“With less cops, massive retirement looming and violence on the rise in the city, it’s gonna be a long, hot summer,” the source said.
Overall, the total number of shootings this year has hit 802 — a 7.9 percent increase over 743 for the same period last year.
Cops blamed the bloodbath on rising temperatures and increased scrutiny on the controversial stop-and-frisk procedure that proponents say takes dangerous criminals off the street.
“That is a major contributing factor,” one law-enforcement source said of the decrease in stop-and-frisks. “[Street cops] are collectively afraid. It’s because of the political consequences and [Civilian Complaint Review Board] complaints.”
Last week’s heat wave also was blamed for the crime uptick.
“Warm weather means shorter tempers, and the people know that police are doing less stop-and-frisks, so more people carry guns,” said another police source.
In one terrifying day, at least 14 people were shot — including one fatally — in 10 incidents from 11:29 p.m. Thursday until early the next night.