Crimes involving weapons have surged within the final three months with cities throughout the nation recording double digit will increase in shootings and useless our bodies over final yr’s numbers. Many cities have surpassed their 2019 totals in July. Early this morning, police say a number of shooters opened fireplace on a “gathering” within the metropolis’s Southeast part.
From the Washington Post:
At least seven of the victims had been taken to hospitals in vital situation, in keeping with the D.C. fireplace division.
The shootings in Southeast got here three weeks after nine people were shot in entrance of a restaurant on 14th Street in Columbia Heights in Northwest Washington. That shooting on the Sunday afternoon of July 19 left one of many victims useless. …
District authorities on Sunday had been hard-pressed to recall one other time when so many individuals had been shot in a single incident. There have been multiple situations this yr wherein gunmen have opened fireplace on teams of individuals, together with one final month wherein 43 bullets had been fired right into a crowd in Northeast Washington, killing a preferred school bus driver.
Reminder: the District is a gun controller’s dream with among the most restrictive gun legal guidelines within the nation. That consists of buy permits, possession permits, firearm registration, an “assault weapons” ban, magazine capability limits, and a “red flag” legislation, amongst others.