More than 150 people were killed and more than 400 wounded in a “bloody” Fourth of July weekend as many of America’s major cities struggled to address a worsening epidemic of gun violence.
CNN, which reported the latest numbers Tuesday afternoon, noted that the death toll could be even higher. According to the network, “233 people were killed and 618 people were injured by gun violence in more than 500 shootings across the country during the Fourth of July weekend, a 26% drop from last year’s holiday weekend, according to the latest data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive.”
“According to data released Tuesday morning, which looks at shootings from 5 p.m. Friday through Monday, there were 314 fatal shootings with 751 injuries during the same period last year, the GVA said,” per CNN.
The network was quick to note, though, that the number of people killed over the Independence Day weekend in 2021, was less than the number of people killed