Gun Violence in NYC and Chicago Skyrockets

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Another surge of weekend crime was reported by police in New York City and Chicago. According to a representative for the New York Police Department, there have been at least 16 gunshot instances and five deaths in New York over the first half of the weekend alone.

Crime Rates Are Up

A 42-year-old person was murdered and a 28-year-old woman spectator injured in plain daylight outside of a Bronx church on Saturday, according to the New York Post, which cited police sources.

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Just after 2:30 p.m., the man was discovered lifeless with several gunshot wounds in front of the Church of St. Anthony of Padua. Meanwhile, three bullets grazed the woman’s torso, causing minor injuries.

The male was pronounced dead at Lincoln Hospital, where both victims were transferred. According to authorities, the female was hospitalized for her injuries and released.

There were other shootings in the city: this includes a man shot in the back and a teenager shot in the back in the Mott Haven district of the Bronx; a 26-year-old man was shot in the right leg by a gunman who escaped in a gray car and a 40-year-old man was shot in the foot; the man then walked into Wyckoff Heights Medical Center.

As of the most recent NYPD crime data, shooting occurrences in New York City are up 68 percent year-to-date, with 602 instances reported compared to 358 at the same time last year. Shooting occurrences increased by roughly 31% in the last month, with 153 events reported compared to 116 incidents reported during the same period in 2020.

Crime in Chicago

However, according to reports, three people were killed and 34 more were injured in shooting incidents around Chicago over the weekend.

On Saturday, one person was murdered and at least nine others were injured in a shooting on the city’s South Side. After being transferred to nearby hospitals, the patients, all of whom are adults, were said to be in fair to good condition. After being shot in the leg and abdomen, a 29-year-old lady was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Among the most recent available crime stats from the Chicago Police Department, shooting occurrences are down 8% in the last month compared to the prior year, but are up 17%. During the summer time, crime rates tend to rise. Saturday nights and early hours are also popular shooting times.

A study that tracks gun crime by monitoring press and police statements classifies mass killings as incidents where four or even more individuals are shot, irrespective as to whether they survive.

As per its statistics, there were at least 271 mass shootings in the United States so far this year, with more than 8,800 individuals killed by gun violence.