By early morning July 4, public gun violence had claimed at least 10 lives and injured dozens more across the country over the holiday long weekend.
The killings and injuries took place in US cities, including Philadelphia; Baltimore; Wichita, Kansas; and Fort Worth, TX.
Even before that weekend, the nation had already seen more massacres and casualties at this point in the year than any other year since at least 2006. But Independence Day weekend turned into a party particularly bloody in the United States.
The nation has witnessed five mass shootings each Independence Day on average for the past decade – more than any other day of the year.
President Joe Biden responded to the violence with a statement on Tuesday. In part, he said: “Today Jill and I mourn those who have lost their lives and, as our nation celebrates Independence Day, we pray for the day when our communities will be free from gun violence. .”
Monday night: Shooting in Philadelphia
A gunman carrying an AR-style handgun and rifle and wearing a bulletproof vest containing multiple magazines killed five people in Southwest Philadelphia on Monday night, The Associated Press reported.
When police responded to reports of a shooting, they heard additional gunshots and eventually found a crime scene spread out over eight blocks with three victims between the ages of 20 and 59 and a fourth between 16 and 21 years old. All were men. Two boys, ages 2 and 13, were hospitalized in stable condition, police commissioner Danielle Outlaw said.
The Associated Press reported that the shooter pursued a fifth man and killed him inside a house.
Officers pursued a 40-year-old suspect as he continued to shoot and arrested him unharmed in an alley, Outlaw said. The man also carried a police scanner. The department was working to determine the motive for the shooting.
Another person was in custody after picking up a gun and returning fire to the shooter, Outlaw said.
Monday night: shooting in Fort Worth
Three people were killed and eight injured hours after the annual ComoFest Independence Day celebration and fireworks in Fort Worth’s Como neighborhood, police said. Shots were fired at a crowd of hundreds of people. In a chaotic scene, officers found several victims in a parking lot, including one who was pronounced dead.
The victims were transported to hospitals by ambulance and private vehicles. According to the police, one of the victims is a minor.
No arrests had been made Tuesday morning and it was unclear how many people might have opened fire.
A shooting during ComoFest 2021 injured eight people.
Sunday: Baltimore shootout
Baltimore police are continuing to search for the shooters responsible for killing two people and injuring 28 others on Sunday, when gunfire erupted just after 12:30 p.m. at an annual block party in Baltimore’s Brooklyn Homes neighborhood. Three of the victims were seriously injured.
Aaliyah Gonzalez, 18, and Kylis Fagbemi, 20, were killed in the shooting, Baltimore police said. The injured were aged between 13 and 32, including 23 teenagers, more than half of whom were minors.
City Mayor Brandon Scott expressed disappointment at videos that emerged on social media of reactions at the time of the shooting, including “a grown man filming a youngster pulling out a gun…to get likes on Instagram “.
Sunday: Wichita, Kansas, shootout
Police suspected multiple shooters may have been responsible for a shooting at a Wichita nightclub just before 1 a.m. Sunday. Nine people were injured in the shooting and two others were trampled as people rushed out of the City Nightz club.
On Monday, the Wichita Police Department had arrested a suspect, Brandon Young, 31, of Florissant, Missouri, on two counts of aggravated battery. Investigators recovered four firearms and were working to determine if they were used in the shooting.
The shooting victims ranged in age from 22 to 34, the department said in a Facebook post, and included seven men and two women.
Massacre death toll rises
Since 2006, more than 550 massacres have been reported in the United States, according to a database maintained by USA TODAY, the Associated Press and Northeastern University. During this period, at least 2,900 people died and more than 2,000 were injured.
On Tuesday, President Biden remarked that it has been a year since a sniper armed with an AR-15 type weapon fired into a crowd during an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, in Illinois. “In moments, this day of patriotic pride became a scene of pain and tragedy.”
Since then, Illinois officials have successfully banned assault weapons and high-capacity magazines statewide, Biden said. “Their success will save lives. But it won’t erase their grief. It won’t bring back the seven Americans killed in Highland Park or heal the wounds and trauma that dozens more will continue to carry,” he said. he declares. “And as we’ve seen in recent days, much more needs to be done in Illinois and across America to address the epidemic of gun violence that is tearing our communities apart.”
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Contributor: Grace Hauck and Isabelle Butera, USA TODAY; The Associated Press