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[WATCH] Two Police Officers Shot at Philadelphia Fireworks Event During July 4th Weekend Marked By Gun Violence

[WATCH] Two Police Officers Shot at Philadelphia Fireworks Event During July 4th Weekend Marked By Gun Violence

As the country was still processing the shocking news that a gunman had killed seven people and injured 30 more at a July 4th parade in Highland Park, Illinois, other incidences of gun violence were also taking place across the country.

Gun violence spiked over the Fourth of July weekend, with shootings reported in nearly every U.S. state that killed a total of at least 220 people and wounded close to 570 others, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

 

 

 

 

Of all the gun violence incidents accounted for during the holiday weekend, at least 11 were classified as mass shootings by the Gun Violence Archive. Any situation where four or more people, excluding the shooter, are killed or wounded by gunshots is considered a mass shooting. The database lists 315 mass shootings across the country since the beginning of this year, and roughly 22,500 deaths caused by any form of gun violence. The number of injuries so far traced to gun violence approaches the total death toll.

The Highland Park parade shooting was far from the only crime involving gun violence in the Chicago area over the weekend. Eight deaths and 68 injuries from gun violence were confirmed in the city in the days leading up to the Fourth of July, as well as on the holiday itself, according to CBS Chicago.

Two Philadelphia police officers were shot near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway late on Monday as thousands of people celebrated a Fourth of July concert and fireworks show with the crowd scattering in panic when shots were fired. The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 announced Tuesday a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Both officers in Philadelphia were released from the hospital after suffering non-life-threatening injuries. The shooter was still at large at press time.

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