Woman, 39, found dead on Harlem street: cops

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HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) -- A woman was found dead on a Manhattan sidewalk Tuesday morning, police said.

NYPD responded to a call of an unconscious woman in front of 406 Lenox Ave. just after 12:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Upon arrival, officers saw the victim unconscious and unresponsive, they said. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. Originally, police said the victim had been shot in the head, but later revised that to say she had been fatally stabbed.  The crime was once again reclassified Tuesday afternoon, and the cause of death is now under investigation.

The discovery of the body comes as the city admits it is "struggling" to stem the tide of violence.

On Monday, police said murders in the city are up nearly 20 percent in 2015. Overall shootings -- nearly 450 of them -- are up 9 percent.

However, if every kind of crime is combined, incidents are down 7 percent.

A former NYPD lieutenant and criminal justice professor explained why we're seeing the rise in violence.

"Socio-economics are lower in those neighborhoods and its safe to say you're more susceptible to have higher amounts of violence," Dr. Darrin Porcher said.

Police have not identified the victim and the cause of death is pending the medical examiner's autopsy report. The investigation is ongoing.