The nation’s July 4 weekend was clouded by the wrong kind of fireworks.
A series of shootings across the United States left more than 150 people injured and nearly two dozen dead so far this weekend, including 67 gunshot victims in Chicago over a blood-spattered weekend, according to reports.
Police said 13 people died in separate shootings in Second City, including a 7-year-old girl who was at a July 4 party in the city’s Austin neighborhood and a 14-year-old boy, the Chicago Sun reported. Times Sunday.
“Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teens and children whose hopes and dreams were dashed by the barrel of a gun,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Twitter.
“As families gather to commemorate the founding of our nation, we must ask ourselves: Is this who we are as a city or county? We can’t fall asleep like this, ”wrote Lightfoot. “We are making progress in decreasing shooting, but we have to do better, each of us.”
Chicago’s gun count topped the Big Apple, where police said about 30 people were shot and two were killed during the holidays.
But other cities across the country, large and small, saw an increase in gun violence over the weekend, including Atlanta, where authorities said 14 people were injured, two seriously, early Saturday and Sunday, it reported. WSB-TV.
Seven people were shot and one stabbed in Cleveland, WOIO-TV reported, while two people died and six were injured in three separate shootings in Baton Rouge, according to a report published in The Advocate.
Even the smallest cities were not spared. Omaha, Nebraska police reported that eight people were injured in six separate shootings, KPTM-TV said, and Memphis, Tennessee saw at least seven shootings in a 24-hour period, WREG-TV reported.
In one of the bloodiest incidents over the weekend, eight people were injured and two killed at a Greenville, South Carolina, nightclub during a rap concert on Sunday morning.
“I don’t know if we have multiple shooters at the moment, or one that started it and one that may have fired, we’re not sure,” said Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis. “There are a lot of shell shells inside.”