At least 150 people killed in 400 shootings over the Fourth of July weekend


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At least 150 people were killed in hundreds of shootings over the Fourth of July 
weekend, according to CNN, as Chicago saw its deadliest weekend of violence so far this 
year.

Citing data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, CNN said the US had seen a surge of 
400 shootings over the weekend.

A total of 92 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, according to The Chicago Sun 
Times, with 18 people killed.

Six children were reportedly injured in shootings in the city during what Police 
Superintendent David Brown had warned would be the “most challenging weekend of the 
year”.

In one incident on the South Side, two people were killed and four wounded, including a 
12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy.

Around the same time, a six-year-old girl and a woman were shot in West Pullman, while 
another shooting hours later saw an 11-year-old-boy and a man shot on the South Side.

Two Chicago police officers were also among those who suffered gunshot wounds, according 
to the Chicago Police Department.

In a Twitter statement, the department said both officers were transported to Stroger 
hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

It comes as statistics released by police on Thursday showed that there were fewer 
killings in Chicago over the first few months of 2021 compared with the same period last 
year, despite a rise in the number of shootings and people shot.

According to the data, there were 332 killings in Chicago between 1 January and last 
Wednesday, representing six fewer than in the first half of the year in 2020.

Meanwhile, in New York, at least 26 people were shot in 21 shootings between Friday and 
Sunday, according to CNN.

While New York has seen levels of gun violence unparalleled in recent years, the figure 
represents a drop from the same time last year, when 30 people were shot in 25 
shootings, the broadcaster said.

In addition to the violence in Chicago and New York, there were several mass shootings, 
or shootings involving four or more victims killed or wounded by gunfire, elsewhere over 
the holiday weekend.

In Norfolk, Virginia, four children were shot on Friday afternoon, including a six-year-
old girl who was reported to have suffered life-threatening injuries, but is now in 
stable condition, CNN reported.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the shooting, which also saw a 14-
year-old boy, a 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl shot at, although they are 
expected to recover from their injuries.

In another shooting early on Sunday morning, eight people were injured in a shooting 
near a car wash in Fort Worth, Texas, following an argument between a group of men, 
according to the Fort Worth police department.
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