Kevin Jemmott, president of the Cambria Heights Civic Association, said the violence has to end in remarks at the group's general membership meeting last Thursday. The problem reached critical mass after a man was shot dead May 10 on 223rd Street and 118th Avenue when two men asked him for money and he said that all he has was $10. He gave the men the money but was still shot and killed."These people are shooting their guns with no fear," Jemmott said in a phone interview. "As more and more shootings happen, (residents') fears are increasing."When Mayor Michael Bloomberg was invited to an association meeting in November, he mentioned that crime in the city was trending downward. Jemmott said that since the mayor left Cambria Heights, there have been seven shootings in the area. At a town hall meeting in March attended by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Jemmott cited crime statistics for the 105th Precinct documented by the Police Department, which showed that while the murder rate was down 62 percent from last year, overall crime in the precinct was up 8 percent. Rape has risen 300 percent and robbery have jumped by 40 percent since last year, according to Jemmottt's calculatio
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