Denver, Colorado 2021-06-12 17:43:43 –
Chicago — Authorities killed two on Saturday, agitating concerns that a surge in US gun violence during a coronavirus pandemic could continue as summer dawn and relaxed restrictions give people more freedom At least 30 people were injured. I will go out with you.
No one was arrested as of Saturday afternoon in either the late Friday or early Saturday attacks in the Texas capitals Austin (Chicago) and Savannah (Georgia).
In Austin, authorities were searching for two male suspects early Saturday in a shooting on a crowded pedestrian street full of bars and restaurants. According to the city’s interim police chief, 14 people, including two, were injured in a shootout believed to have started as a dispute between the two parties.
In Chicago, two men fired on a sidewalk-standing group in the Chatham district on the south side of the city, killing a woman and injuring nine others. The archer also fled and was unidentified as of mid-Saturday afternoon.
In Savannah, police said one man was killed and seven others were injured in a shooting on Friday night. Two of the injured are 18-month-old and 13-year-old children.
Savannah police chief Roy Minter Jr., citing reports that the shooting was fired in the same dwelling earlier in the week, may be related to an ongoing controversy between the two groups. Stated.
“It makes us very worried about what we see across the country and the level of gun violence we see across the country,” he told reporters on Saturday. “It’s anxious and meaningless.”
The attack will occur as pandemic restrictions are eased in many countries, including Chicago, which lifted many of the remaining safeguards on Friday. Many expected the surge in shootings and murders in the United States last year to be an anomaly probably caused by increased gun ownership and pandemic-related stress in the police debate. However, these rates are still higher than in pre-pandemic times, including cities that refused to cut police spending after George Floyd’s death and cities that made modest cuts.
Chuck Wechsler, Executive Director of the Police Execution Research Forum, said: “It’s not happening, and it really worries the chief that we may enter a new period of seeing a reversal of the 20-year decline in these crimes.”
Tracking the ups and downs of crime is always complicated, but violent crime generally increases in the summer months. Weekend nights and early morning hours are also common shooting times.
Many types of crime declined in 2020 and remain declining this year, suggesting that the pandemics and activism and anxiety caused by Floyd’s reaction to death did not lead to an overall surge in crime. doing.
The number of mass shootings in 2020 was the lowest in decades, according to a database edited by the Associated Press, USA Today and Eastern University, which are tracking mass slaughter. The database defines mass slaughter as four or more dead, not including archers.
The Gun Violence Archive, which monitors media and police reports to track gun violence, defines mass shootings as shootings in which four or more people were shot dead, whether or not they died. According to the database, more than 8,700 people died in gun violence this year in the United States.
GVA also discovered that shootings surged to about 600 in 2020. This was higher than any of the last 6 years when we tracked the statistics. According to this year’s count, there have been at least 267 mass shootings in the United States so far. This includes three recent shootings from Friday to Saturday.
“I’m curious,” said James Alan Fox, a criminologist and professor at Northeastern University. “We have a blend of people who are starting to go out in public. We have a lot of divisions. And we have more guns and warm weather. It’s potentially It’s a deadly mix. “
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