INDEPENDENCE Day weekend was marked by violence this year with at least 100 people being shot and 22 killed across the United States.
In Chicago, a staggering 82 people suffered gunshot wounds between Friday and Sunday, with 14 fatalities.
The numbered of registered shootings was the highest for two years, with 68 people shot in 2019 and 80 in 2020.
Fatalities included a 40-year-old man, who was killed after an argument over loud music in his apartment, CBS Chicago reported.
Two 20-year-old men were shot on Friday afternoon while they were at a red light – one of whom died, and the other sustained leg injuries.
Two men were shot and another was killed on Saturday evening, and another was killed while crossing the street the following morning.
One Chicago victim from the weekend was National Guard member Chrys Carvajal, the Tribune reported.
The hero had attended a house party on Friday night and went to get something from the car, the outlet reported.
He was then found early on Saturday lying unresponsive on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to his back and abdomen, cops said.
"We are all very upset and we’re heartbroken," his sister, Jennifer Ramirez, said.
"My mom, she’s really devastated, too. She’s been crying. She has a sore throat because of all the crying, she’s just heartbroken."
Two cops were also shot in the city early on Monday morning, but are thankfully expected to survive.
The commander and sergeant were hit just before 2am this morning, but it is not yet clear if the shots were intentionally fired.
Over in Ohio, three people were wounded and two teenagers were killed in a shooting on Sunday night.
How many people were shot on Fourth of July weekend last year?
At least 160 people were killed on Fourth of July weekend last year.
It came as more than 500 people were wounded in the 2020 festivities.
The shootings took place across the United States, with several children included in the fatalities.
Many festivities were halted last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which left many people homebound.
The victims were identified as 16-year-old Milo Watson and 19-year-old Dexter Wright Jr, according to WCPO.
"We feel for those that have lost loved ones tonight, the family members who are dealing with that loss," said Lt. Steve Saunders.
Cops said that the shooting took place during a Fourth of July celebration that 400 people attended.
A shooting at a block party in the state left at least 11 people injured, including a child who was around 10 years old, WTOL11 said.
In New York, at least three people were shot this weekend early on Monday morning.
A 51-year-old man, a 33-year-old man, and a 32-year-old woman were hit at roughly 3am in Rochester and were rushed to hospital, WHEC reported.
Another three were injured in a drive-by shooting in the Bronx on Friday evening.
A 22-year-old, Mamadou Bah, was fatally shot on Sunday morning after being hit several times in the torso in front of a house. A 27-year-old was shot in the buttocks, cops said.
At least 88 shots were fired at one crime scene in Philadelphia, which saw a 22-year-old and 23-year-old killed. The former was hosting a family Fourth of July cookout at the time.
A 16-year-old was also shot four times just after 10.30pm on Sunday night, a FOX29 reporter said.
On Monday morning, reports emerged that a 15-month-old baby was shot. Their condition is not yet known.
In Virginia, at least nine people died and five were hurt from the weekend's shootings.
The shootings stretched over four different cities – Richmond, Chesterfield, Hopewell and Henrico.
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However, over in Florida, the Fourth of July holiday was marked with somber tones after a collapsed building left at least 24 dead and more than 120 missing under rubble last month.
"July 4 is ordinarily a time to gather with our loved ones and to celebrate our freedom and our independence, and this year the holiday looks very different," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
"But through this grief … and all of the other obstacles that have been thrown our way, a clear picture emerges of what it means to be American," she said.
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