80 People Killed In America This Weekend From Gun Violence
America does not need to be this way. But the NRA has worked to make this the news we wake up to every day in this land.
According to data from the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), 80 people were killed and 150 wounded by gunfire between Friday afternoon and Sunday night — a rate of more than one fatality per hour. The new figures bring the total of gun deaths in 2016 to 1,754, according to GVA’s count. An additional 3,437 people have been injured by bullets.
A man was killed and three others — including a 9-year-old boy — were wounded when two men randomly sprayed a parked car with gunfire in Vallejo, California, on Friday afternoon. “It was quiet in the street, and all of a sudden it was a battle zone,” Brad Flaherty, who lives two doors down from the shooting scene, told SFGate.
- Manuel Ortiz, 28, was killed and three others — ages 20, 22, and 33 — were wounded after gunfire broke out in a hookah bar parking lot in Tampa, Florida, around 4:15 a.m. on Saturday. Police do not have a description of the suspect. Ortiz had served prison time for gun-related offenses.
- A 37-year-old man was shot and killed and four men — ages 28, 37, 37, and 45 — were wounded when a fight broke out around a burn barrell in the Mobile Junction neighborhood in Bessemer, Alabama, Saturday afternoon.
- Four people were shot and wounded during a robbery at a grocery store in Parramore, Florida, at around 9 p.m. on Saturday. Roy Stephens, 34, was arrested and charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery. “He came in the store quietly,” a 13-year-old girl who witnessed the shooting told WFTV. “I ran out … so he wouldn’t see me.”
- A 37-year-old woman was killed and three others were wounded when someone opened fire on their car on Interstate 270 in Hazelwood, Missouri, at around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.