Every year New York City has a “National Night Out,” a tradition meant to bolster relations between police and their communities in an effort to reduce crime. This year’s Night Out was yesterday.

“Since 2001,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said while in Harlem, “the NYPD had cut crime citywide by 32 percent and made this the safest big city in the nation.”

The New York Post reports that in spite of Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s words, it was a night “marred with violence”:

Three people were shot last night in The Bronx, cops said.

A woman and two men were wounded on East 216th Street near Barnes Avenue in Williamsbridge around 11 p.m., cops said.

The woman and one man were shot in the chest and the other man was struck in the leg.

Ages on the victims were not immediately available.

The victims were rushed to Jacobi Hospital. Their injuries were not considered life threatening.

Three people were also wounded in Harlem about 2 a.m., authorities said.

A 20-year-old man was shot in the chest, and a 29-year-old woman was wounded in the leg about 2 a.m., according to cops and an FDNY spokesman. Another woman may have been grazed in the leg.

Jeeze.

[New York Post]