19.09.2020

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Shooting galore in the USA.

Donald Trump warns he’s ‘ready’ to intervene as 80 are shot in Chicago and 44 in NYC – with cops fired at in their car – and 32 are killed across US including girl, 7, as July 4 bloodshed continues

  • At least 32 people were killed in shootings in cities across the US during Fourth of July celebrations across Saturday and Sunday
  • In Chicago 63 people were shot, 17 of them fatally, in various bouts of gunfire 
  • One of the victims killed was seven-year-old Natalie Wallace 
  • Overnight shootings in New York City left four people dead and 37 injured 
  • NYPD said two officers were injured in the Bronx late Saturday after a bullet was fired through the windshield of their marked SUV 
  • The violence continued into Sunday, with a 14-year-old child left in a ‘serious condition’ after being shot in the chest in Manhattan 
  • Shootings in New York City have doubled every week for the last three weeks 
  • Memphis, Omaha and Cleveland also reported an alarming number of shootings
  • An investigation is also underway in North Carolina after a 74-year-old woman was killed by what police described as reckless ‘celebratory gunfire’ 

By Megan Sheets and Luke Kenton and Marlene Lenthang For Dailymail.com

Donald Trump said Sunday that the federal government is ‘ready’ to intervene as  gunfire erupted in cities across the US during Independence Day celebrations, leaving dozens of people injured and at least 32 dead.  

Chicago, appeared to experience the worst of the violence across the weekend as 63 people were injured and 17 were killed, including two children.Meanwhile in New York City, 44 people were injured and at least six have been killed. 

Memphis, Omaha, Cleveland, North Carolina and several other cities were also rocked by a spate of shootings amid the holiday revelry. 

In response to the troubling succession of incidents, Trump tweeted that crime in Chicago and New York City is ‘way up’. 

‘Shootings up significantly in NYC where people are demanding that [Gov. Andrew Cuomo] and [Mayor Bill de Blasio] act now,’ Trump continued. ‘Federal Government ready, willing and able to help, if asked.’ 

Trump’s tweet was preceded by an announcement made by the NYPD that revealed two officers had been injured in the Bronx late Saturday after a bullet was fired through the windshield of their marked SUV. Two cops were injured in the Bronx after a bullet smashed through the windshield of their SUV

Two cops were injured in the Bronx after a bullet smashed through the windshield of their SUVThe cops had just pulled up to the intersection on Alexander Ave. at E. 138th St. outside the 40th Precinct station house when the bullet pierced through the windscreen

The cops had just pulled up to the intersection on Alexander Ave. at E. 138th St. outside the 40th Precinct station house when the bullet pierced through the windscreen

The officers had pulled up to a barricade outside Mott Haven’s 40th Precinct just before midnight on July 4 when the shot was fired.

Chilling surveillance footage shows two pedestrians crossing the street in front of the idling SUV just moments before the bullet is seen piercing the windshield, sending a puff of debris shooting up from the vehicle’s hood.

The round passed between the two officers, who were sat in the front seats, and embedded into a divider between the back seats, authorities said. 

One officer was cut in the face from shattered glass while the other suffered ringing ears. Both were treated for their injuries at local hospitals. 

 It remains unclear whether the vehicle was intentionally targeted or the bullet was a stray. No arrests were immediately announced. 

The incident came amid Independence Day celebrations that saw dozens shot, including multiple murders, in the city.

The violence continued into Sunday, with NYC Scanner reporting that a 14-year-old child had been shot in the chest in Manhattan.

The incident was said to have taken place at 165 Madison Ave sometime around 7pm ET. The child was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital is believed to be in a serious condition. 

The NYPD has not yet returned a DailyMail.com request for more information on the matter.  

A triple shooting also reportedly took place at 306 East 171 Street in the Bronx just before 8:30pm on Sunday.

Two victims of the victims are ‘likely to die’, law enforcement sources said. The nature of their injuries or the circumstances leading up to the shooting remain unclear.Chilling surveillance footage shows two pedestrians crossing the street in front of the idling SUV just moments before the bullet is seen piercing the windshield, sending a puff of debris shooting up from the vehicle's hood

Chilling surveillance footage shows two pedestrians crossing the street in front of the idling SUV just moments before the bullet is seen piercing the windshield, sending a puff of debris shooting up from the vehicle’s hood

Meanwhile, one of the children killed in Chicago was identified by her family as seven-year-old Natalie Wallace.   

The girl was playing outside her grandmother’s house in the city’s Austin neighborhood during a Fourth of July party when a vehicle pulled up and three men emerged and began shooting indiscriminately at about 7pm. 

Natalie was shot in the head and rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the Chicago Tribune

‘Chicago’s heart is broke,’ Chicago police Chief Fred Waller said. ‘A 7-year-old girl was taken from us. She was here visiting family. Now she’s gone.’  

Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted: ‘Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun.

‘We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.’ 

Seven other people were wounded in the same Austin attack, including a 32-year-old man who is now in fair condition. Gunfire broke out in cities across the US during Independence Day celebrations on Saturday, leaving dozens of people injured and at least 27 dead. Police are pictured at the scene of a shooting in Chicago's Austin neighborhood where eight people were struck by gunfire

Gunfire broke out in cities across the US during Independence Day celebrations on Saturday, leaving dozens of people injured and at least 27 dead. Police are pictured at the scene of a shooting in Chicago’s Austin neigborhood where eight people were struck by gunfireSeven-year-old Natalie Wallace (pictured) was among the at least 17 people killed in shootings in Chicago on Saturday

Seven-year-old Natalie Wallace (pictured) was among the at least 17 people killed in shootings in Chicago on SaturdayIn New York City at least four people were killed and 37 were injured in shootings during July 4th revelry. Police are pictured at the scene where a 23-year-old man was killed in Harlem

In New York City at least four people were killed and 37 were injured in shootings during July 4th revelry. Police are pictured at the scene where a 23-year-old man was killed in Harlem

Waller said police are reviewing video of the incident and no arrests have been made. 

Gun violence unfolds across the US over July 4 weekend 

New York City: 37 injured, 6 killed

Chicago: 63 injured, 17 killed

Philadelphia: 14 injured, 5 dead

Baltimore: 8 injured, 1 killed

Detroit: 5 injured, 2 killed

Greenville: 8 injured, 2 killed

Memphis:  4 injured, 1 killed

Omaha: 8 injured

Cleveland: 4 injured

St. Louis:  11 injured, 3 killed

As of 8pm EST, July 5

Another shooting in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood left four people dead, including a 14-year-old boy who has not yet been identified. 

Four others were wounded in that shooting, including boys ages 11 and 15.   

The Tribune reported that four men stormed a holiday gathering and opened fire before fleeing the scene. They have yet to be arrested.  

Three other shootings in Chicago on Saturday killed a 34-year-old woman, a 31-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, per ABC7.

A total of 63 people were injured and 17 killed in the Windy City from Thursday afternoon to Sunday 6am.

In a shooting in Lawndale, on the city’s West Side, six people were shot at about 1.15am after someone in a vehicle fired into a group shooting off fireworks. 

A 20-year-old woman was killed and three men were left in critical condition. Two other men are in good condition following the shooting.

Last year in Chicago over Fourth of July weekend six people were killed and 63 were wounded by gun violence.

Saturday marked the city’s third consecutive weekend where a child under 10 has been fatally shot. 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted about Natalie Wallace's tragic death on Saturday night

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted about Natalie Wallace’s tragic death on Saturday night
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The Chicago Police Department deployed 1,200 additional officers over the weekend with a goal of reducing violence that accompanies the holiday each year.

‘It’s not just on the police department. Not just on the fire department. Not just on elected officials,’ Mayor Lightfoot said in announcing the increased police presence. 

‘All of us have to embrace our notion of community and think about what we can do, each of us in our own way, to make our communities safe and healthy and vibrant.’  

Many other cities reported an alarming increase in gunfire mixed in with the celebratory fireworks on Saturday. 

In New York City, at least 41 people were shot, six fatally, in shootings overnight, police said. 

A 21-year-old man died after he was shot in the chest at about 12.45am Sunday in Brownsville, Brooklyn.  

Less than two hours later a 23-year-old man was shot in the back in Harlem before being rushed to the hospital. 

Authorities said the man, who has not been identified, was uncooperative when he was interviewed by police before he died in the hospital. 

That shooting is still under investigation as detectives canvas the area for ballistic evidence and video. 

A 40-year-old man was fatally shot in the chest on Sutter Avenue in Brooklyn. 

In another incident, a 19-year-old was shot in the chest and a 27-year-old was shot in the shoulder in East Flatbush. The 19-year-old was later pronounced dead at the hospital. 

A 29-year-old man was also fatally shot in the chest on East 170th Street in the Bronx on Sunday evening.  

The incidents came after the city experienced it’s deadliest June in 24 years with 205 shootings reported.  

Shootings in New York City have doubled every week for the last three weeks. In the last seven days alone, the city has experienced a 142 percent surge in shootings compared to the same time period last year. 

The increase in shootings comes on the heels of NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanding an anti-crime plainclothes unit that had focused on stopping people and searching for guns. Fireworks go off near the scene of a shooting in Harlem early Sunday morning+15

Fireworks go off near the scene of a shooting in Harlem early Sunday morning Police officers and witnesses stand near where a 23-year-old man was shot dead in Harlem hours after Independence Day celebrations wound down+15

Police officers and witnesses stand near where a 23-year-old man was shot dead in Harlem hours after Independence Day celebrations wound down Members of the New York Police Department examine a bullet hole in the front windshield of a marked police vehicle outside the 40th Precinct on Sunday in the Bronx+15

Members of the New York Police Department examine a bullet hole in the front windshield of a marked police vehicle outside the 40th Precinct on Sunday in the BronxNYPD officers are pictured in Brooklyn after a report of shots fired+15

NYPD officers are pictured in Brooklyn after a report of shots fired  

In Detroit two people were killed and five were injured in gun violence over the holiday weekend.

A family of five people was driving home from a cook out when they were shot around 1am on Saturday in the 8300 block of Homer Street when someone pulled up beside them and started shooting.

A 39-year-old woman died in the shooting. A 40-year-old man is in critical condition and the three other male victims – aged nine, 12, and 15 – are expected to survive, according to ClickOnDetroit.

Also in Detroit a 15-year-old boy was shot early Saturday around 12.10am when a vehicle pulled up and a passenger asked the victim a question then shot the teen, according to Fox2. He is in stable condition but that shooter has not been caught.

On Friday around 7.30pm a 19-year-old woman was shot and killed on the city’s west side after someone fired shots into the car she was a passenger in.

Gun violence also rocked Baltimore, leaving one person dead and eight injured.

Baltimore Police said a woman was killed and a man were wounded in a double shooting on Saturday morning.

Hours earlier on Friday night four women were shot in a quadruple shooting in southwest Baltimore.

On Saturday evening a 20-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were injured in a shooting around 7.30pm.

A 28-year-old man was found in the southeast side of the city early Sunday suffering gunshot wounds. 

In St. Louis, three people were killed and 11 injured across a 15 hour period. Four of the injured victims were children.

In one of those shootings, a four-year-old has been left in critical condition after being shot in the head by a stray bulletin the Vandeventer neighborhood around 10.45pm Saturday. 

Thirty minutes later, a seven-year-old girl, a 45-year-old woman and a 25-year-old were shot on the 1100 block of East Gano.

They had been standing outside when two suspects fired shots at them from an alley, police said. Their conditions weren’t given, but police said their vitals were stable. A family of five people was driving home from a cook out when they were shot around 1am on Saturday in the 8300 block of Homer Street when someone pulled up beside them and started shooting. A 39-year-old woman died in the shooting. A 40-year-old man is in critical condition and the three other male victims – aged nine, 12, and 15 – are expected to survive+15

A family of five people was driving home from a cook out when they were shot around 1am on Saturday in the 8300 block of Homer Street when someone pulled up beside them and started shooting. A 39-year-old woman died in the shooting. A 40-year-old man is in critical condition and the three other male victims – aged nine, 12, and 15 – are expected to surviveAt least seven shootings were reported in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday, leaving four people wounded. A police officer is pictured at the scene of one of the shootings+15

At least seven shootings were reported in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday, leaving four people wounded. A police officer is pictured at the scene of one of the shootings
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At least seven shootings were reported in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday, leaving four people wounded and one dead, according to WREG

A woman was fatally shot while watching fireworks on Saturday night.

A teenager in the Whitehaven neighborhood was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after neighbors reported hearing an argument at a home before gunfire broke out.  

‘We were over here,’ a witness to that shooting said. ‘We were just fixing up our tables, and next thing we know, we see the ambulances come all around, and then the police came. I said: “What’s done happened here?”‘ 

‘I could just imagine what the other people’s family is doing, what they’re going through,’ the witness added.

About 30 minutes later, a woman was driving on Interstate 240 when a man driving a gold Pontiac began shooting at her vehicle. 

Police said that woman is okay but the suspect has not been captured.  

Another shooting in South Memphis on Saturday night left two men injured. 

One of the men told WREG he was backing out of his driveway on Alcy Road when he was shot at by three men driving by in a Saturn Vue.  

‘When I backed into the middle of the street, I kind of paused for a little bit because I heard a lot of fireworks, what I thought were fireworks, but they were gunshots,’ the man said.  

The first victim said the attack appeared to be random.  Two people were fatally shot when gunshots rang out at the Lavish Club in Greenville, South Carolina just before 2am Sunday+15

Two people were fatally shot when gunshots rang out at the Lavish Club in Greenville, South Carolina just before 2am SundayA press conference near the Lavish Club pictured on Sunday where local council members condemned the violence that rocked the city over the Fourth of July weekend+15

A press conference near the Lavish Club pictured on Sunday where local council members condemned the violence that rocked the city over the Fourth of July weekend

‘They’re just shooting,’ he said. ‘The car was in front of them, and they’re just shooting. They don’t know those people. They’re just shooting at those folks because they were in front of them.’ 

No arrests have been made in any of the Memphis shootings, police said. 

At least five shootings were reported in Cleveland in the first five hours of July Fourth, leaving four people wounded. 

And in Omaha, Nebraska, police have asked the public for information on six separate shootings reported between Friday night and early Saturday morning. 

Eight people were injured in those shootings and all are expected to recover. 

In Philadelphia, five people, including a six-year-old boy, were killed and 14 were hurt in 12 separate shootings across the weekend. 

The first shooting was reported around 10.30pm on Saturday where a 37-year-old woman was shot twice in her legs and a 21-year-old male was grazed by a bullet in the head. Both are in stable condition.

A second shooting left two men, 26 and 22, suffering gunshot wounds to the leg. Both are in stable condition. 

Then on Sunday, around 1pm, a six-year-old boy was shot in the chest at a home on the 4600 block of Kendrick Street, in the city’s Upper Holmesburg neighborhood. 

The boy died hours later from his injuries after being rushed to a hospital by a family member. 

It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting or if police had identified any suspects.

Just over an hour later, a 37-year-old woman was on the 1900 block of Clarence Street when a gunman opened fire at 2:13pm. 

The woman was shot 12 times in the torso. She was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital at 2:38pm. 

A weapon was recovered and a person was arrested in connection to the shooting. Police have not yet revealed the suspect’s identity or revealed any details in the circumstances that led to the shooting.At least five shootings were reported in Cleveland in the first five hours of July Fourth, leaving four people wounded. Police are pictured at the scene of one of the shootings+15

At least five shootings were reported in Cleveland in the first five hours of July Fourth, leaving four people wounded. Police are pictured at the scene of one of the shootings

Authorities in Greenville County, South Carolina, are currently investigating a shooting at a nightclub that left two people dead and eight wounded.  

Video footage posted to social media showed people at what appeared to be a rap concert inside the club. The clip shows people inside the club hurrying toward the exit before the screen goes blank and gunshots are heard in the background. 

Two Greenville County sheriff’s deputies noticed a disturbance at Lavish Lounge just before 2am, and saw a large crowd running out of the building, Sheriff Hobart Lewis said at a press conference. 

Lewis told Greenville News the incident was ‘probably gang related’. He said authorities are searching for two suspects, though no physical description of the gunmen has been released as of Sunday morning. 

An investigation is also underway in North Carolina after a 74-year-old woman was killed by what police described as reckless ‘celebratory gunfire’.

Durham police were called at 11pm Saturday to a report of a gunshot wound along the 500 block of Burlington Avenue. The victim, Paulette Thorpe, was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving. 

Last night as people throughout Durham peacefully celebrated the July Fourth holiday with their friends and family, a small few chose to put our community at risk by carelessly firing guns into the air,’ Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said 

‘This reckless behavior led to the tragic death of Ms. Paulette Thorpe,’ she said. ‘Ms. Thorpe’s death reminds us that we as a community must work together to prevent these senseless acts, so that no family suffers such a tragedy ever again.’ Read more:

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