Who got murdered in New York City last year?

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Homicides in 2012. (NYPD via nyc.gov/nypd)
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Last year 419 people got murdered in New York City, the lowest number in more than half a century.

Who were the victims?

Most (60 percent) were African-American, 27 percent were Hispanic, 9 percent were white and 4 percent were Asian. Only one in six were women.

How were they murdered?

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Most (57 percent) got shot, about a fifth (21 percent ) were stabbed, and 11 percent were what the NYPD describes as "bludgeoned."

Among the women who were murdered, more victims were stabbed than shot.

In none of the rare instances in 2012 in which women were arrested for murder did they commit that murder with a gun.

About half of the women arrested for murder allegedly killed children.

Thirty-seven percent of all murders happened at night and in the early hours of morning, and Brooklyn had the most murders, followed by the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island.

All of this and more is contained in the NYPD's 2012 "Murder in New York City" report, available here and released today at a press conference at the 81st Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant at which Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police commissioner Ray Kelly touted their gun-control efforts, including the controversial practice of stop-and frisk, and the effects those efforts have had on the prevalence of guns on city streets.

"There are some special interest groups and elected officials and some candidates for mayor who seem to believe that the police department should deploy its resources based on census reports rather than crime reports," he said. "If it were up to them, we'd be stopping more senior citizens than teenagers or not stopping anyone at all."

According to Centers for Disease Control data also released today, in 2011, 2.3 percent of teens in New York City admitted to having carried a handgun in the prior month, a 36 percent drop from 2001 and the lowest rate of any major city in the country. 

In comparison, five percent of teenagers in Dallas reported having carried a gun in the previous 30 days, and 7.5 percent in Washington D.C.