We spent two nights on patrol with the NYPD as they battle NYC's crime wave

Here, these officers find many of the shooters and victims are still in their teens.

"It sucks to see 16-year-old kids shooting and killing each other," said Officer Katherine Torres. "And that's what we do see a lot of here. We have 16-year-olds with robbery patterns and murder charges and it's like they didn't actually get to be kids."

Police officers and commanders blame a mix of factors for the rise in crime. The end of the pandemic has brought residents out of their homes. Guns have flooded these communities, often traveling a so-called "iron pipeline" of trafficked weapons from southern states with more lax gun laws.

The jump in crime in New York City has also coincided with changes to policing and the justice system. New York enacted bail reform to reduce or eliminate jail time for suspects while awaiting trial for many misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies. Police say this has had the unintended consequence of putting repeat offenders back on the street.