Fourth Of July Weekend Saw Highest Number Of Mass Shootings Than Any Other Weekend In 2021

At least 150 people across the U.S. were killed by gun violence in more than 400 shootings over the Fourth of July weekend, according to data collated by the Gun Violence Archive, an uptick that puts 2021 on track to continue, and exceed, the violent surge that made 2020 the deadliest year of gun violence in decades.

There were 14 mass shootings–defined by the Gun Violence Archive as when four or more people (excluding the shooter) are shot or killed–over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, more than any other weekend this year.

There have been 336 mass shootings this year, 20 of which occurred in July, roughly two every day this year.

In total, there were more than 400 shootings and at least 150 deaths from gun violence over the holiday weekend, though these figures may change as data over the 72-hour period from Friday to Sunday is updated.

Major cities bore the brunt of this violence, with 26 fatalities in New York and 14 in Chicago.

The figures also include four children who were shot in Virginia Friday and eight people who were hospitalized in a shooting near a car wash in Fort Worth, Texas.

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