More than 180 people died in gun violence over the July 4 holiday weekend

By Caitlin O’Kane | CBSN Live |

July 4 weekend gun violence across …

Fourth of July weekend saw a rise gun violence – with more than 180 people killed and 516 injured in shootings across the U.S., according to data from Gun Violence Archive.

In the first five days of July, there were a whopping 20 mass shootings, bringing 2021’s total to 336. May saw 72 mass shootings and June saw 76, according to the archive.

“The 14 mass shootings over this past holiday weekend (Friday to Sunday) are the most of any weekend in 2021,” the organization said in a tweet.

In Chicago, where police said gun violence is increasing this year, at least 82 people were shot – 14 fatally – over the holiday weekend, CBS Chicago reports. The number of shootings on Fourth of July weekend is up from 2019, when 68 people were shot, and 2020, when nearly 80 people were shot.

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 14055 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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