NewsNation reviewed data from the Gun Violence Archive (GVA) from July 1 through July 4. The analysis found 12 U.S. cities accounted for one-third of the 547 shootings across the entire country over the time period.
There were 183 shootings across: Atlanta (7), Baltimore (11), Chicago (41), Cleveland (15), Detroit (14), Houston (9), Los Angeles (17), Memphis (10), Milwaukee (23), Philadelphia (10), New York City (11) and Washington D.C. (15).
In Chicago — the nation’s third largest city — seven people were killed and 44 others were wounded across 41 shootings from Saturday to Tuesday night.
Just to the north, the much smaller city of Milwaukee saw 23 shootings that resulted in six deaths and 17 people injured.
The GVA also tracks “mass shootings,” which it defines as a shooting where four or more people are injured or killed, not including the shooter.
Another shooting in Baltimore on Sunday left two dead and 28 injured. In that case, at least two people opened fire at a block party in the Brooklyn Homes area. Police don’t know if the shooting was targeted or random.
Over the same period last year, there were 20 mass shootings, according to the GVA. In 2021, there were 21 such incidents.
Northeastern University criminologist James Allen Fox told NewsNation there are a number of factors that can make Independence Day an especially dangerous weekend.
“On July Fourth weekend, you have lots of gatherings. People are out of work or school that day, these gatherings often involve inebriation and perhaps hot weather, which impacts our responses,” Fox said. “When there’s concealed weapons in the mix, deadly things can happen.”
NewsNation’s Steve Joachim contributed to this report.