The national archive that records the incidents with at least four firearms injuries warned that the figure must be updated and add more victims of the long weekend.
At least 150 people were killed in episodes of gun violence in more than 400 shootings in the United States this past weekend, in which the country celebrated Independence Day on July 4.
According to data extracted by the CNN chain from the Gun Violence Archive, a website that compiles armed aggressions in each city of the country, these events are framed in a climate of increased violence that some have faced in recent months. of the main North American cities.
However, the media warns that this statistic, which includes shooting incidents and victims of armed violence nationwide during 72 hours from Friday to Sunday, still needs to be updated, so the number of those affected could be older.
In New York, where gun violence has risen to levels not seen in years in recent months, there were 26 fatalities in 21 shootings between Friday and Sunday. According to the New York Police Department, however, this is down from the same period last year, when 30 people were shot in 25 shootings.
According to sources, on July 4 alone, there were 12 shootings in the city involving 13 victims, an increase over the previous year when there were exchanges of fire and eight victims. So far this year, incidents of gun violence in New York have skyrocketed nearly 40% compared to the same period in 2020, with 767 shootings and 885 victims.
In Chicago, the country's largest city, 83 people were shot during the holiday season, 14 of them dead. It so happens that among the deceased, there was a member of the Illinois Army National Guard.
However, the chain points out that, unlike other cities that experience an increase in violent crime, the homicide rate in Chicago until June is 2% lower than in the same period of 2020. However, the number of global casualties is still 14% higher.
The reason for the drop was a less violent June, in which Chicago saw a 20% drop in homicides compared to last year (78 instead of 98), a 13% drop in shootings (363 compared with 416), and an 8% decrease in shooting victims (499 vs. 540).
There were also several mass shootings over the holiday weekend, incidents defined as those that leave four or more people dead or shot, excluding the assailant.
Eight people were injured in a shooting near a car wash in Fort Worth, Texas, according to a press release issued by the city's police.
In Norfolk, Virginia, four children were shot and wounded Friday afternoon, including a 6-year-old girl who initially suffered fatal injuries.
The victims also included a 14-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl, and a boy of the same age. Everyone is expected to make a full recovery. According to the network, Norfolk police said detectives detained a 15-year-old boy accused of being related to the shooting.
In addition, a 17-year-old boy was killed, and 11 other people were injured in a shooting at a street party attended by several hundred people in Toledo, Ohio, on Sunday night, according to Toledo police.