Violent crime on Long Island involving guns
Nearly a quarter of the violent crimes reported by Suffolk County police in June 2017, 24.8 percent, involved a firearm, according to data compiled by the state. In contrast, 8 percent of the violent crimes reported by Nassau County Police involved a handgun. In the Village of Hempstead, the figure was 17.4 percent. Those three police agencies are the only ones on Long Island that submit monthly crime reports to the state about the involvement of firearms in the violent crimes of murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. NCPD and SCPD do not report on crimes outside their jurisdictions. Here are the number of overall crimes in those categories, monthly and annually, as well as the number and percent involving firearms. Monthly statistics are considered preliminary and subject to change. Database updated on Sept. 27, 2017.