WATCH ALL YOUR FAVORITE BET SHOWS

Deadly Shootings Spike Over July 4 Holiday Weekend, Report Says

Gun violence is blamed for at least 220 deaths.

Cities across the United States were awash in gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend. The Highland Park, Ill. shooting, in which accused gunman Robert E. Crimo, 21, killed at least seven people Monday (July 4), captured global attention.

But that mass shooting was just one of many gun violence incidents in which at least 220 were killed in all but five states between Friday (July 1) and the Fourth of July, CBS News reports, citing data from the Gun Violence Archive.

Close to 570 others were wounded, as gun violence spiked during the holiday weekend. At least 11 of the incidents were mass shootings, defined as shootings in which at least four victims are killed or wounded.

Since Jan. 1, the nation has experienced 315 mass shootings and about 22,500 deaths from gun violence, according to the data. They include a gunman killing 19 children and two adults on May 24 at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school, just 10 days after an accused white supremacist gunned down 10 Black people in Buffalo.

RELATED: Ten Buffalo Shooting Victims Include A 'Hero' Security Guard And Community Activist, 72

RELATED: New York Black Leaders React To Supreme Court Striking Down The State’s Gun Law

As the nation continues to experience mass shootings from small towns to big cities, the conservative  leaning U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New York State law on June 23 that limited the right to carry firearms in public, as Washington lawmakers passed only modest gun control legislation.

Latest News

Subscribe for BET Updates

Provide your email address to receive our newsletter.


By clicking subscribe, I agree to receive newsletters, marketing communications, updates, special offers (including partner offers), and other information from BET and the Paramount family of companies. For more information about our data practices, consult our Privacy Policy.