Independence Day violence sees 13 shot dead including 2 teens at a pool party and at least 29 injured in July 4 massacre | The SunJuly 4, 2022
AT least 13 people have been shot dead and 29 are injured after a wave of gun violence rocked the US over the July 4 weekend.
Two men, 17 and 18, were gunned down while another was wounded after a shooting erupted at a pool party in Texas on July 1.
A series of shootings were reported in Chicago over the Independence Day weekend, leaving at least eight people dead.
Medics pronounced a man, 26, died after he was shot in the arm and head just after 5pm on Friday.
Hours later, cops found a woman, 24, with gunshot wounds in her torso and she was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead, NBC Chicago reports.
Police revealed that a 38-year-old man was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition, while a 42-year-old woman was also checked over by medics.
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A man, 29, was rushed to hospital after being shot in the back in Chicago on Saturday.
Police revealed that the victim, who hasn’t been identified, died of his injuries.
A 24-year-old man was gunned down after being shot dead in the backyard of a home, police said.
And, a 38-year-old man was sitting outside of a home on Sunday when he was gunned down by a person who was in a dark sedan.
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Cops haven’t made any arrests as their investigation remains ongoing.
Police revealed that a man was hit in the head and body on Sunday when he was targeted by an unknown suspect in a car.
Meanwhile, dozens were left injured as violence rocked the Windy City.
Four people were hurt, including a 20-year-old woman, when a man opened fire at a group of people on Friday.
A teen girl, 17, was hit in the arm when an unknown assailant opened fire just after 12:45am on Sunday.
And, two people were targeted when they were sitting in their parked truck on Sunday.
A man, 35, was hospitalized in a critical condition after being shot in the chest and face.
Meanwhile, a woman, 32, was taken to hospital after she was hit in the arm.
Five people were injured in a shooting in Parkway Gardens, Chicago on Monday.
The victims included a 17-year-old boy and two 19-year-old men, ABC7 reported.
Cops believe the shooter may have been inside a black SUV when they opened fire.
Police haven’t arrested any suspects as the investigation continues.
Gun violence erupted at birthday parties held during the Independence Day weekend.
A young boy, who hasn’t been identified, was killed in Chesterfield, Virginia on Saturday night.
The shooting erupted at the Cultural Center of India where a 16th birthday party was being held.
Police also revealed that a cop who was providing security shot at a person holding a handgun, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
They were taken to hospital where they suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Meanwhile, cops revealed that four people have been shot in Manassas.
The shooting happened just before midnight on July 4, according to the Prince William County Police Department.
The four victims, who haven’t been identified, have been taken to hospital.
Their condition remains unknown as investigations continue.
Cops believe there is no active threat to the community, but have warned residents to expect a heavy police presence, WTOP reports.
And, four men and two women are expected to survive after being shot in Richmond, Virginia at around 3:30am on Monday, WRIC reports.
A shooter killed two people and injured three police officers before killing himself in Haltom City, Texas on Saturday.
The victims have been identified as Collin Davis, 33, and Amber Tsai, 32.
Police revealed that the officers who were injured are Cpl Zach Tabler, Tim Barton, and Jose Avila, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
They are all expected to survive, police said.
Cops responded to a 911 call from an elderly woman following reports of gunshots at a residence.
The suspect has been identified as Edward Freyman, 28.
Police said that he knew the victims but are still trying to establish his relationship with them.
Angel Trevino told The Star-Telegram that he thought the gunshots were July 4th fireworks when he heard them.
He said: “I see the dustup. All around there was literally just dirt flying up in the air. We walked out. Another barrage of rounds came up.”
POOL PARTY KILLING
Meanwhile, Cameron Allen, 18, and Dillion Denman, 17, were killed at a pool party in North Harris County on July 1.
Shots were fired after an altercation at the apartment, KPRC-TV reports.
Harris County Sherriff Ed Gonzalez said that the preliminary investigation revealed that "numerous shots were fired in the parking lot of the complex by multiple people."
Dillion’s mom DeeDee told KPRC that she has been left “hurt and confused” following the tragedy.
She said: “I’m angry because this was supposed to be a pool party.
“To get a call that my child had been shot, and it’s just so many questions.”
DeeDee revealed that Cameron’s mom has been left “devastated”.
Police revealed that the third victim, 20, is expected to recover.
A five-year-old child was killed while another, eight, was injured following a drive-by shooting in Houston on Sunday.
The children were in the backseat of a vehicle being driven by their mother when a dark-colored vehicle passed by the stop sign where the family was stopped.
Police say two suspects in the vehicle opened fire on the mother's car, hitting both children.
They said they couldn’t locate any witnesses or victims because the mom immediately drove away from the intersection and rushed the kids to a nearby hospital.
Law enforcement has not specified if the mother is injured.
Chandra Hatcher, of the Houston Police Department, said: “It is unclear if the complainants were the intended targets of the shooting or if there was something else going on in this area at the time.”
They ask that anyone with information about the shooting call HPD's Homicide Division or Crime Stoppers.
Violence erupted at the start of the holiday weekend as at least five people were killed with dozens left injured.
Nine people, including a teen, were gunned down in a mass shooting in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday.
And, two people died in a shooting near a firehouse in Chicago.
A spate of violence in recent weeks has left the nation reeling.
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