- 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’
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.