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District Lawyer’s Workplace addresses violent crime over previous week

Posted: 9/3/2021 / 6:18 PM EDTUpdated: 9/3/2021 / 6:18 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) – There were over a dozen incidents in the city of Syracuse over the course of a week, between gunfire, gunfire, knife stabbing and attack. Prosecutors said some of the contributing factors are law enforcement staffing across the country and laws such as bail reform and age increase.

Rick Trunfio, Onondaga County’s first assistant district attorney, says there have been many crimes. “The knife fights seem to be on the rise, and certainly the murders you saw, someone who shot on Lodi Street,” Trunfio said.

A man was shot in the head on Lodi Street Tuesday. The incident is still under investigation, but prosecutor’s evidence suggests the shooting may be warranted.

“At the moment it looks like this person saved some lives, he had a license on a gun, but I think that means someone had to step in to defend people who were being shot at,” Trunfio said.

He adds that he does not want to become a society that feels it is taking its own protection and rights into its own hands. He says there are many reasons why the crime keeps happening.

It’s a combination of things, and my boss has certainly talked about bail reform and increasing the age on top of the staff shortage. On the street you clearly feel that there is no accountability, there is no consequence because you can shoot someone and they’re out.

Rick Trunfio, First Assistant District Attorney for Onondaga County

According to the public prosecutor’s office, homicides have decreased. There have been 20 homicides so far this year, 33 in 2020 and 23 in 2019.

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