Nearly 200 people were killed in more than 550 shootings across the U.S. over the July 4 weekend, according to data.
The holiday period continued a tragic trend as major cities struggle to stem the worst violence in decades, following more than a year of anti-police narratives.
In Minneapolis, at least nine people were struck by gunfire over the last 48 hours in various shootings across the troubled city.
There was also a shooting on a school bus Tuesday morning.
The city has already suffered 47 homicides this year. Almost all occurred in areas within two or three miles of downtown Minneapolis.
Around the country, Chicago saw another incredibly deadly weekend with more than 100 shot, 16 of whom died. Victims ranged in age from 12 to 30.
In addition to the dozens of civilians injured in shootings, two police officers — including a commander — were injured in a shooting Monday while dispersing crowds.
There were 13 victims from 12 shootings in New York City on July 4, up from eight shootings and eight victims on the same date last year. America’s largest city also saw 21 shootings that injured 26 people between Friday and Sunday.
In Fort Worth, police reported a mass shooting of eight people Sunday when a man pulled a gun on a large crowd after an argument at a car wash.
Just east in Dallas the same evening, five men were hit by gunfire in a mass shooting, with only one surviving.
Two were killed in Cincinnati Sunday, when a gunman opened fire at a holiday party.
A Chicago alderman slammed his city’s leaders for the increase in crime.
“We have the strongest and strictest gun laws in the state, if not the country,” Anthony Napolitano told Fox News. “If you go to our surrounding borders, where we’re supposedly getting all the guns, they have nowhere near the amount of crime we do. We have a people problem here in Chicago.”
A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.