Crime scene tape blows in the wind near the scene of a fatal shooting in front of Resort World Casino in the borough of Queens in New York, on May 26, 2015.
Seth Wenig—AP
June 2, 2015 8:25 AM EDT

Shootings in New York City have spiked by 20% this year compared with the same period in 2013, presenting challenges for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

More than 439 shooting incidents have been recorded so far this year, marking the first uptick in gun violence since the late 1990’s, the New York Times reports.

The overall murder rate remains well below its peak from decades ago, but the numbers hint at a growing challenge for de Blasio, as shooting rates historically tend to climb in the warm summer months ahead.

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