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Major cities in the US reported dozens of shootings and murders over the July 4 weekend.

The deadliest shooting of the holiday weekend took place on Monday in a suburb 45 minutes north of Chicago – where a gunman opened fire on a parade from a rooftop, killing seven and wounding more than 30 – and other shootings in Chicago and other major US cities also killed or wounded dozens.

“The 4th of July is always very bloody, not only in New York but elsewhere,” Joseph Giacalone, a retired New York Police Department detective sergeant and current professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told Fox News Digital. “The only thing I can put my finger on is people who use illegal guns or people who shoot them try to mask it by setting off fireworks.”

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He added that warmer weather, more social activities outside and parties involving drugs and alcohol can contribute to July 4 violence.

On July 4, a gunman opened fire from a rooftop on a parade in Highland Park, Illinois, killing seven and injuring more than 30 others.

On July 4, a gunman opened fire from a rooftop on a parade in Highland Park, Illinois, killing seven and injuring more than 30 others.
(Brian Casella/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service)

“Most of the shootings we’ve had here in New York City are done by teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18, 19. That’s probably a big part of it,” Giacalone said. “Some of it might be gang-related. Some of it might be drug-related. … It’s a little bit harder to pinpoint exactly what the reasons are. There seems to be a lot of guns on the street with little fear of the criminal. The justice system.”

Chicago

According to information from the Chicago Police Department (CPD), 81 victims were shot in Chicago between Friday morning and Monday evening, including 12 fatalities.

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Counting from Friday evening to Monday evening alone, 68 victims were shot and eight died.

The shooting incidents included three mass shootings — two of which occurred on Friday — that left a total of nine people injured and two people dead. On Monday, a third mass shooting on the 6500 block of Martin Luther King Drive injured five male victims, including a 17-year-old and two 19-year-olds.

According to information from the Chicago Police Department (CPD), 81 victims were shot in Chicago between Friday morning and Monday evening, including 12 fatalities.

According to information from the Chicago Police Department (CPD), 81 victims were shot in Chicago between Friday morning and Monday evening, including 12 fatalities.
(Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service)

On Sunday, a 10-year-old boy was shot and killed as he sat in his bedroom after the suspect fired several rounds “from the side of the house,” hitting the boy in the ankle and buttocks, police said. Authorities rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he is recovering.

A 17-year-old victim was also shot on Sunday when an unidentified male offender attempted to rob him. When the victim refused, the suspect fired three rounds before fleeing the scene on a bicycle, CPD said.

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Chicago has a population of about 2.7 million.

New York City

According to New York Police Department (NYPD) statistics, 52 victims were shot and nine died in New York City between Friday and Monday. Between the same days in 2021, 32 victims were shot and eight died.

Around 3 p.m. Friday, police responded to reports of a shooting in Upper Manhattan, north of Harlem, and found 17-year-old Calvin Aaron, who had been shot multiple times in the back. Officials rushed him to the hospital where he was declared dead.

According to New York Police Department (NYPD) statistics, 52 victims were shot and nine died in New York City between Friday and Monday.  Between the same days in 2021, 32 victims were shot and eight died.

According to New York Police Department (NYPD) statistics, 52 victims were shot and nine died in New York City between Friday and Monday. Between the same days in 2021, 32 victims were shot and eight died.
(Robert Nickelsburg)

Aaron’s family said New York Daily News He said he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” when he was walking to a public school in Harlem when he was shot.

Four people were injured in a shooting in Queens on Monday, including a male victim with a gunshot wound to the shoulder and two other male victims, as well as a female victim with gunshot wounds to the foot.

Another Monday shooting occurred during daylight hours in the trendy SoHo neighborhood. The 27-year-old was parked in his gray Honda outside the Dior store just after 5pm when he was shot in the arm. The officials took the victim to the hospital.

New York City has a population of about 8.4 million.

Philadelphia

According to the Gun Violence Archive, more than a dozen shooting victims were injured and eight died in Philadelphia between Monday and Friday.

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The Philadelphia Police Department did not immediately provide data on the shooting incidents over the weekend.

Two Philadelphia police officers were shot at the July 4 ceremony, including a 36-year-old Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol officer and a 44-year-old member of the Montgomery County Bomb Unit, who were treated and released from hospitals. The shooting happened at the Wawa Welcome America Festival just before 10 p.m.

One of the officers injured in the shooting was taken to Jefferson University Hospital with a bullet still lodged in his hat. Authorities have yet to arrest a suspect and identify any persons of interest.

Philadelphia has a population of approximately 1.6 million.

Baltimore

Between Friday and Monday, Baltimore recorded 11 shooting incidents involving nine injured victims and four homicide victims, according to the Baltimore Police Department (BPD).

BPD officers made more than 90 arrests over the weekend, including two attempted murder arrests and 11 handgun arrests. The department also noted 36 robbery incidents between Friday and Monday. Officers made five robbery arrests, 54 aggravated assault arrests and two stolen auto arrests.

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“BPD worked closely with our law enforcement partners to support and monitor large-scale events, including the Cherry Hill Arts & Music Festival and July 4th fireworks. No significant incidents were reported in connection with Independence Day celebrations over the holiday weekend,” BPD said in a press release Tuesday.

Baltimore has a population of about 602,000.

the July 4 shooting in Sacramento, California; Richmond, Virginia; Kenosha, Wisconsin; Kansas City, Missouri; And some victims in Boston were wounded or killed.

Recent mass shootings have fueled debate over whether US gun laws should be stricter.

Recent mass shootings have fueled debate over whether US gun laws should be stricter.
(Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service)

“The amount of radio calls on July 4 is astronomical” compared to normal days or other major US holidays, Giacalone said.

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“Most days in busy precincts like the Bronx or Brooklyn, on a typical day, you might experience 10 to 15 jobs. [Over] The 4th of July weekend… you might have 30 or 40,” he explained. “Everybody calls thinking it’s gunshots and… it could just be fireworks or by the time the police get there, nobody’s there. So, it was a tough day. It wears you out all day as you run from job to job.”

the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York; Uvalde, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; And now Highland Park has sparked a debate about gun laws and whether tougher gun laws are needed at the federal level to reduce gun violence in crime-ridden cities.

Fox News’ Ron Blitzer and Greg Norman contributed to this report.