Two people were killed and at least 30 more were injured in separate shootings reported in three states over the weekend, fearing already shaking fears that gun violence could erupt in a spike summer.
The latest mass shootings in the cities of Savannah, Georgia, Chicago and Austin, Texas, took place late Friday and Saturday morning, police said.
COVID-19 comes under worldwide restrictions in many of the countries under attack, including a slack in Chicago, which on Friday lifted much of its remaining defenses. As many hoped, a spike in shooting and homicides in the United States last year was probably a slippage caused by the rise in gun ownership over the police and the worldwide-related stress in the controversy. But the rates are still higher than they were in pre-world times, with city police refusing to slash those following cuts in the wake of George Floyd’s death and framed.
“There was a hope this might simply be a statistical blip that would start to come down,” Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, told The Associated Press. “That hasn’t happened. And that’s what really makes chiefs worry that we may be entering a new period where we will see a reversal of 20 years of declines in these crimes.”
Violent crime usually increases during the summer months. Weekend evenings and early morning bells are also common windows to shoot.
The Gun Violence Archive, which monitors media and police reports to track gun violence, defines such mass shootings if four or more people have been shot, regardless of where they died. Overall, more than 8,700 people have died of gun violence in the United States this year, according to its own database.
The GVA found that mass shootings increased in 2020 from 600, which in the previous six years it was no more than the statistical track. According to this year’s count, there have been at least 267 mass shootings in the United States so far, including the last three overnight Fridays.