At least 150 people were killed as a result of gun violence over Fourth of July weekend

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At least 150 people lost their lives as a result of gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend.

While the federal holiday is typically a time of celebration, data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive and cited by CNN indicates that Independence Day weekend saw more than 400 shootings across the country.

Of those 400+ shootings, there were 14 mass shootings, according to Forbes. Gun Violence Archive defines a "mass shooting" as an incident in which at least four people - not including the shooter - are shot.

Chicago was greatly affected by the US' rise in gun violence over the weekend, as 104 people were shot in the Windy City, with 19 people dying as a result, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

It was Chicago's deadliest and most violent weekend of 2021 so far, according to the outlet. The publication also reports that at least 13 children and two Chicago police supervisors had sustained injuries during the shootings.

In a Twitter statement, Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown confirmed the wounded officers' injuries were not life-threatening.

He said: "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."

In New York, at least 26 people were shot in 21 shootings over the weekend, per CNN.

While New York has experienced unprecedented levels of gun violence in the last few years, the figure marks a drop from the same time last year, which saw 30 people shot in 25 shootings.

Chicago and New York certainly weren't the only parts of the country affected by the violence.

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The outlet reports that four people were shot in Norfolk, Virginia, on Friday afternoon. One of the victims was a six-year-old girl who nearly died during the incident but is currently in a stable condition.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the ordeal, in which a 14-year-old boy, 16-year-old boy, and 16-year-old girl were shot at - but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

Moreover, a further eight people were wounded following a shooting nearby a car wash in Fort Worth, Texas, after an argument between a group of men.

Featured image credit: Pixabay / Pexels

At least 150 people were killed as a result of gun violence over Fourth of July weekend

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By VT

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At least 150 people lost their lives as a result of gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend.

While the federal holiday is typically a time of celebration, data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive and cited by CNN indicates that Independence Day weekend saw more than 400 shootings across the country.

Of those 400+ shootings, there were 14 mass shootings, according to Forbes. Gun Violence Archive defines a "mass shooting" as an incident in which at least four people - not including the shooter - are shot.

Chicago was greatly affected by the US' rise in gun violence over the weekend, as 104 people were shot in the Windy City, with 19 people dying as a result, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

It was Chicago's deadliest and most violent weekend of 2021 so far, according to the outlet. The publication also reports that at least 13 children and two Chicago police supervisors had sustained injuries during the shootings.

In a Twitter statement, Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown confirmed the wounded officers' injuries were not life-threatening.

He said: "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."

In New York, at least 26 people were shot in 21 shootings over the weekend, per CNN.

While New York has experienced unprecedented levels of gun violence in the last few years, the figure marks a drop from the same time last year, which saw 30 people shot in 25 shootings.

Chicago and New York certainly weren't the only parts of the country affected by the violence.

size-full wp-image-1263116533
Credit: kat wilcox / Pexels

The outlet reports that four people were shot in Norfolk, Virginia, on Friday afternoon. One of the victims was a six-year-old girl who nearly died during the incident but is currently in a stable condition.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged in connection with the ordeal, in which a 14-year-old boy, 16-year-old boy, and 16-year-old girl were shot at - but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

Moreover, a further eight people were wounded following a shooting nearby a car wash in Fort Worth, Texas, after an argument between a group of men.

Featured image credit: Pixabay / Pexels