July 5, 2021 – In Breaking News – CNN
At least 150 people were killed by gun violence in more than 400 shootings across the country during the Fourth of July weekend as major cities nationwide confront a surge in violent crime, according to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive.
The data, which includes the number of shooting incidents and gun violence victims nationally over a 72-hour period from Friday through Sunday, is still evolving and will be updated.
(Saturday night, crowds moved through The Loop Sunday night, along with plenty of Chicago police trying and keep things calm. There were also two officers shot early Monday morning. Courtesy of CBS Chicago and YouTube. Posted on Jul 5, 2021.)
In New York, where gun violence has been rising to levels not seen in years, there were 26 victims from 21 shootings from Friday to Sunday, a decrease from the same period last year when 30 people were shot in 25 shootings, the New York Police Department said.
On July 4, the city experienced 12 shooting incidents that involved 13 victims, an increase from last year when there were eight shootings and eight victims, according to the NYPD.
Early this morning, two of our officers were shot as they dispersed a large crowd in the 15th District. Thankfully, they will be all right. So far this year, at least 33 #ChicagoPolice officers have been shot at or shot protecting Chicago. God bless the brave men & women of CPD. pic.twitter.com/kDO4zHZ6eU
— Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown (@ChiefDavidBrown) July 5, 2021
So far this year, gun violence incidents in New York have spiked almost 40% over the same period in 2020, with 767 shootings and 885 victims.
CNN has requested data on how many of the shootings over the weekend resulted in homicides.
(2 Chicago police officers shot during violent holiday weekend. Courtesy of Fox 32 Chicago and YouTube. Posted on Jul 5, 2021.)
In Chicago, after Police Superintendent David Brown raised concerns before the “most challenging weekend of the year” for police, 83 people were shot, including 14 killed, in shootings from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, according to a CNN review of preliminary Chicago Police Department data.
The injured included a 5-year-old girl wounded on Sunday afternoon and a 6-year-old girl shot early Monday.
(Several children were among those wounded in shootings in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend. Courtesy of WGN News and YouTube. Posted on July 5, 2021.)
One of the 14 people killed was a member of the Illinois Army National Guard, CNN affiliate WLS reported. His family identified him on social media as Chrys Carvajal, though the Cook County medical examiner has not officially released his name.
Lt. Col. Brad Leighton confirmed to CNN that Carvajal was assigned to the Company L, Recruitment Sustainment Program, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, of the Illinois Army National Guard.
“(Carvajal) was new to the Illinois National Guard and was to be assigned to a transportation unit. He had recently completed Army basic training,” Leighton said.
“Our hearts go out Pvt. 1st Class Carvajal’s family and friends.
Two Chicago police officers were injured in an overnight shooting as an individual opened fire while officers were dispersing a crowd of several thousand people and made more than 60 arrests, police said. Both are expected to survive.
(Fort Worth Police Chief Neil Noakes explains what police know about an overnight shooting that sent eight people to the hospital. Courtesy of WFAA and YouTube. Posted on Jul 4, 2021.)
Unlike other cities experiencing a spike in violent crime, the homicide rate in Chicago through June is 2% lower than the same period in 2020. The number of victims is still 14% higher.
A reason for the drop was a less violent June where Chicago saw a 20% drop in homicides compared to last year (98 instead of 78), a 13% drop in shootings (416 compared to 363) and an 8% decrease in shooting victims (540 compared to 499).
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(The bodies of two additional victims have been found after a shooting at the Pinetree Country Club that took the life of golf pro and director Gene Siller. Courtesy of 11Alive and YouTube. Posted on Jul 4, 2021.)
Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Pvt 1st Class Chrys Carvajal, and for the full recovery of the two #ChicagoPolice Officers injured over the long weekend. God bless the brave men & women of #CPD, and law enforcement officers across our nation.
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