New York City killing-free streak ends with murder

New York City’s 12-day, killing-free streak, the longest period the city has gone without a homicide in at least 20 years, ended this weekend with the murder of a 28-year-old Queens resident.

Eric Roman was shot in his head, leg and hand at his home on Friday before succumbing to the injuries in a hospital the next day. Police are still searching for the shooter, who sped off from the scene in a dark Mercedes Benz, the New York Times reports.

“This extraordinary streak of safety over the past several days is testament to the hard work of the men and women of the NYPD, and further evidence that New York City is the safest big city in America,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, as reported by the International Business Times.

John Repetto, a police department spokesman who tracks statistics, told The New York Times the number of people shot in the city in 2015 stood at 39 before Feb. 1, compared to 33 in the same time frame last year. In 2014, 333 homicides were reported in the city, the lowest figure since 1963, when statistics were first reliably collected.