Highland Park tragedy highlights gun violence over Fourth of July weekend
Jimmie Johnson: As the nation reels from yesterday’s mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois… it was far from the only incident of gun violence we saw over the holiday weekend.
In nearby Chicago — 57 people were shot over the weekend.
9 of them died.
Both of these counts are actually *down* from last Fourth of July weekend.
More than 100 people were shot and 19 were killed in the city last year.
In Philadelphia — two police officers were wounded in a shooting at a celebration last night.
No one else was injured.
No arrests were immediately made — and it’s unclear if the shooter was targeting those officers.
Mayor Jim Kenney | Philadelphia: “I mean, so like we have to come to grips with what this country is about right now. We had a beautiful day out there today, except for some nitwit either shooting from window or shooting from somewhere who has a gun and probably shouldn’t have had it. There’s not an event or a day where I don’t lay on my back and look at the ceiling and wonder and worry about stuff.”
Shannon Longworth: In Kansas City — two people were killed and four others were injured in two separate shootings. One of them was in the city’s popular Power and Light District.
And in Richmond, Virginia, a man was hospitalized after his car was shot at *more than 10 times* while driving on I-95 — causing the car to crash.