National Night Out, an event held in cities across America, is intended to strengthen ties between law and enforcement and local communities. This year, the night comes in the wake of deadly gun violence throughout the city and across the country.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was scheduled to visit all five boroughs as part of national night out. The mayor has been very vocal in recent weeks about the need for federal lawmakers and the president to pass reasonable gun control legislation because of shooting in the city and elsewhere.
A gun battle took place not far from the National Night Out site in Harlem at the famed Rucker Park basketball tournament. Several people were wounded.
A 2-year-old girl in Brooklyn was hit in a drive-by shooting in July.
Also, Lloyd Morgan, 4, was shot and killed as bullets flew near a park in the Bronx.
In July, a gunman massacred a dozen people at a movie theater in Colorado. Then just this past weekend a purported white supremacist shot and killed several people shot at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and New York County D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr. also participated in events Tuesday night.
The mayor renewed calls for stricter gun control policies. But he was also he was recently criticized when it was reported that NYPD sold used shell casings to an ammunition company in Georgia.