Fourth of July weekend saw more mass shootings than any other weekend this year: report
The number of mass shootings over the Fourth of July weekend topped any other weekend this year, new research shows.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were 14 mass shootings over the holiday weekend with four or more people shot or killed.
The group also noted there have been 20 mass shootings so far in July and 336 this year.
There have now been 20 mass shootings in July, 336 on the year. The 14 mass shootings over this past holiday weekend (Friday to Sunday) are the most of any weekend in 2021. https://t.co/ApCx8x6bfO
— Gun Violence Archive (@GunDeaths) July 5, 2021
CNN, citing data from the Gun Violence Archive, reported that there were at least 150 deaths from over 400 incidents of gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend.
In Chicago alone, 83 people were shot, with 14 killed.
CNN reported that Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown had previously raised concerns about the “most challenging weekend of the year” for police.
Despite this data, the homicide rate in Chicago for June is slightly lower — 2 percent — than what it was in 2020, the network notes, though the number of victims is 14 percent higher.
In New York, gun violence incidents have reportedly spiked almost 40 percent so far this year when compared to last year. There have been 767 shootings and 885 victims in 2021. This past weekend, there were 26 victims from 21 shootings, which CNN notes is actually a decrease from the same time period last year, when there were 30 victims from 25 shootings.
–Updated at 10:53 a.m.