New York City was ravaged by gun violence over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to multiple reports.
Amid holiday celebrations and a crime wave following protests against police in recent weeks, dozens of people were shot in the city.
According to WNBC-TV, between Friday and Monday, police reported 44 separate shootings with 63 victims. At least 10 victims who died of their injuries were targeted on Sunday alone, with nearly 40 of the weekend’s shootings occurring that day.
Over the same three days in 2019, there were 16 incidents and 21 victims.
WNYW-TV reported two NYPD officers were fired at over the weekend while driving a department cruiser in the Bronx.
A bullet ripped through the car’s windshield on Saturday, injuring one officer with broken glass while the other officer reported a ringing sensation in one of her ears.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea blamed some of the weekend’s violence on more criminals being free after they were released from jail amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“[T]here is a lot of gang activity, a lot of drug activity. It’s bad people with guns and it doesn’t get any simpler than that. We get people settling scores, we get people spraying a crowd. We had a bullet go through a young child’s bedroom this weekend, but thankfully the girl wasn’t there,” Shea told NY1-TV. MORE HERE