150 people killed by guns over US holiday weekend

150 people killed by guns over US holiday weekend
Police at the scene where two people were shot on Intervale Avenue near Fox Street in the Bronx, NY around 12:40 a.m. on July 4, 2021. Source: NYPOST
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Daily US Times: According to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, at least 150 people were killed by gun violence in more than 400 shootings across the United States during the Fourth of July weekend as major cities nationwide confront a surge in violent crime.

The data, which includes gun violence victims and the number of shooting incidents nationally over a 72-hour period from Friday through Sunday, is still evolving and will be updated.

In the state of New York, where gun violence has been rising to levels not seen in years, there were 26 victims from 21 shootings from Friday to Sunday, according to the New York Police Department, a decrease from the same period last year when 30 people were shot in 25 shootings,

On July 4, New York city experienced 12 shooting incidents that involved 13 victims, an increase from last year when there were 8 shootings and 8 victims, NYPD said.

So far this year in New York, gun violence incidents have spiked almost 40% over the same period in 2020, with 767 shootings and 885 victims.

In Chicago, after Police Superintendent David Brown raised concerns before the “most challenging weekend of the year” for police, according to a CNN review of preliminary Chicago Police Department data, 83 people were shot, including 14 killed, in shootings from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday.

The injured included a 6-year-old girl shot early Monday and a 5-year-old girl wounded on Sunday afternoon.

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