It’s only one day in 2023 and already that many Americans have been slaughtered
In the United States, 193 people were shot on New Year’s Day, 56 of whom died, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, which records shootings across the country.
In addition to the deaths, the incidents, which took place across America, left 137 injured according to the site.
The shooting included an incident in Ocala, Florida, which saw Damonta Harris, 30, and Abdul Hakeem Van Croskey, 24, killed and four other victims injured.
The Ocala Police Department is investigating the incident, which happened around 4:30 a.m. local time.
In a separate incident, two people were shot and killed at a bar in Racine, Wisconsin early Sunday morning. The shooting took place at 2:34 a.m. local time, with police yet to make any arrests.
Clinton, Maryland, saw two people shot dead and two others injured in a private home.
Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz said the incident was “domestic in origin” and insisted there was no threat to the wider community.
The figures follow a devastating year for shootings in the United States, with the Gun Violence Archive recording more than 6,000 children and adolescents killed or injured during 2022, the highest figure since the archives began nine years ago. year.
In one of the worst isolated incidents, 19 students, along with two adults, were killed when a gunman attacked Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The Uvalde Police Department came under fire after the massacre, as police waited up to an hour before confronting the shooter.
Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Chris Olivarez said CNN the officers waited for reinforcements as “they could have been shot”.
On July 4, seven people were shot dead and dozens injured after a gunman opened fire during an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The Chicago Sun Times reported: “As they fled the parade route on Central Street in downtown Highland Park, parade goers left behind chairs, strollers and blankets as they sought to get into the shelter, without knowing exactly what had happened.
“As people ran, a klezmer band, apparently unaware of the gunfire, continued to play.”
In November, five people were killed and 17 others injured when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Talk to Voice of America Professor Jack McDevitt, a criminology expert at Northeastern University, said: “We are seeing a return to much higher rates of gun violence than we have seen in a long time.
“We’re starting to see more and more people using guns to go after victims they perceive as different.”