New Yorkers fear return of ‘bad old days’ after shootings surge

A police officer stands near the scene of an afternoon shooting that left one person dead on July 7 in Brooklyn © Spencer Platt/Getty

The shooting death of one-year-old Davell Gardner at a barbecue in Brooklyn on Sunday evening was surely heartbreaking. It was also another ominous data point in a growing body of statistical evidence indicating that New York City, after a long era of peace, is turning violent.

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