Violent Crimes Rise Over Memorial Day Weekend

After Uvalde, holiday weekend sees shootings nationwide – The Associated Press

Multiple mass shootings happened over the Memorial Day weekend in areas both rural and urban. Single-death incidents still accounted for most gun fatalities, but a 19-year-old man was killed and six other people were wounded in a shooting incident at a club and liquor store.

At least two mass shootings occurred in Chicago between late Friday and Monday, and a 7-year-old girl was killed in Arkansas. A young man was shot and killed at an outdoor birthday party.

Police chiefs in Detroit and other cities canceled days off to boost the numbers of officers over the holiday weekend, hoping it would act as a deterrent. Conflict mediators also hit the streets, using social media to identify simmering conflicts with the potential to explode into real-world violence.

In Chicago, Memorial Day weekend typically marks the start of the killing season, according to a violence prevention worker and former gang member. Residents say gangs have taken over and are responsible for most homicides, though poverty and the desperation that comes with it are also factors.

Malik Shabazz, 59, founded the Detroit New Black Panther Nation/New Marcus Garvey Movement to fight crime during the holidays. He said crime is becoming more heinous and people bring their guns and people have beef.

For more details about these crimes, consider the news outlets listed below.

  1. After Uvalde, holiday weekend sees shootings nationwide  The Associated Press
  2. Memorial Day weekend marked by more than a dozen mass shootings in the U.S.  NBC News
  3. Chicago records bloodiest Memorial Day weekend in 5 years: At least 50 shot, 9 dead  Fox News
  4. Lightfoot, top cop praise police efforts after most violent Memorial Day in 5 years  Chicago Sun-Times
  5. More than 50 shot, 9 killed, in Chicago Memorial Day weekend  WGN News
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