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At least 150 gun deaths recorded in the U.S. during July 4 celebration

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In New York, where gun violence has risen to levels not seen in years, there were 26 fatalities in 21 shootings between Friday and Sunday.

At least 150 people were killed in episodes of gun violence in more than 400 shootings in the United States over the past weekend when the country celebrated Independence Day
on July 4.

According to data extracted by CNN from the Gun Violence Archive, a website that collects actions of armed aggression in each city of the country, these events are part of a climate of increased violence that some of the main north American cities faced in recent months.

The outlet warns, however, that this statistic, which includes shooting incidents and victims of gun violence nationwide over a 72-hour period from Friday to Sunday, still needs to be updated, so the number of those affected could be higher.

In New York, where gun violence has increased in recent months to levels not seen in years, there were 26 fatalities in 21 shootings between Friday and Sunday.

This is, however, a decrease from the same period last year, when 30 people were shot in 25 shootings, according to the New York Police Department. On July 4 alone, the city experienced 12 shooting incidents involving 13 victims, an increase from last year, when there were eight shootings and eight victims, according to sources.

So far this year, incidents of gun violence in New York have skyrocketed nearly 40% compared to the same period in 2020, with 767 shootings and 885 victims.

In Chicago, another largest city in the country, 83 people were shot, of which 14 died, this holiday period. It so happens that among the deceased there was a member of the Illinois Army National Guard.

The chain points out, however, that unlike other cities experiencing an increase in violent crime, the homicide rate in Chicago through June is 2% lower than in the same period of 2020. However, the overall number of victims is still 14% higher.

The reason for the drop was a less violent June, in which Chicago recorded a 20% drop in homicides compared to last year (78 instead of 98), a 13% drop in shootings (363 compared to 416) and an 8% decrease in shooting victims (499 versus 540).

There were also several mass shootings over the holiday weekend, incidents defined as those that left four or more people dead or wounded by gunfire, excluding the assailant.

Among them, eight people were injured early Sunday in a shooting near a car wash in Fort Worth, Texas, after an argument between a group of men, according to a press release from the police.

In Norfolk, Virginia, four children were shot and wounded on Friday afternoon, including a 6-year-old girl who was initially reported to have suffered life-threatening injuries, although she is currently in stable condition, according to Norfolk police.

The victims also included a 14-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and a boy of the same age. Everyone is expected to make a full recovery. Norfolk police said detectives detained a 15-year-old boy accused of being related to the shooting, according to the network.

In addition, a 17-year-old boy was killed and 11 other people were injured in a shooting at a street party attended by several hundred people in Toledo, Ohio, on Sunday night, according to Toledo police.

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