More Than 80 Shootings Rock New York, Chicago as Gun Violence Surges in U.S. Cities

The gun violence which has plagued New York and Chicago recently continued for another weekend as more than 80 were shot over the course of a few days.

A majority of these occurred in the Illinois city, with Chicago Police saying that at least 63 people were shot between 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10, and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 12, including eight fatal shootings. According to Chicago Sun-Times, the count had increased to 64 people shot and 15 fatalities by Monday morning.

An estimated 87 people were also shot over the course of the July 4 weekend in Chicago. Chicago Police are due to hold a press conference addressing the spike of gun violence in the city.

In New York, there were a total of 22 shootings over the course of the weekend, with 28 victims, according to CBS. The New York Post reported that over the weekend, at least 15 people were shot over the course of 15 hours.

One of the victims of the weekend of violence in New York included a 1-year-old boy who was shot near a playground in Brooklyn on Sunday night. Three adults were also wounded in the suspected drive-by.

"A one year old child is dead. The baby was with his family enjoying a Sunday night in the Summer when someone started shooting," tweeted NYPD Chief Jeffrey Maddrey. "This. Must. STOP! We as a community, we as a police department denounce this disgusting violence."

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had previously discussed the rise of gun violence in the city after more than 60 people were shot over the course of the July 4 weekend.

This is an addition to confirmation that New York saw an increase in shootings in June compared to the same period in 2019. Between June 1 and June 30, there were 205 shooting incidents in the city, a 130 percent increase compared to the 89 which occurred in June 2019.

"We have seen some really tough weekends, particularly last weekend. And particularly in Harlem, we saw way too much violence, and it's not something that's acceptable in the city," de Blasio said.

"We cannot have people live in fear. We cannot have our young people in the crosshairs. It's not something we will allow in this city. We have to do better, and this weekend coming up has to be better, particularly in Harlem, where we're focusing a lot of our efforts to change the reality on the ground."

New York Police Police Commissioner Dermot Shea previously blamed bail reforms for the rise of gun violence in the city

"It's COVID. It's emptying out prisons. One of the most frustrating pieces right now, is a criminal justice system that just is not working and I'm calling on Albany to fix it," Shea told Pix 11. "Fix it now. People are dying on the streets of New York City."

The NYPD and Chicago Police Departments have been contacted for comment.

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Chicago Police officers monitor the area outside of the Chicago Mercy Hospital on November 19, 2018. KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP/Getty