Crimes involving guns have surged in the last three months with cities across the country recording double digit increases in shootings and dead bodies over last year’s numbers. Many cities have surpassed their 2019 totals in July. Early this morning, police say multiple shooters opened fire on a “gathering” in the city’s Southeast section.
From the Washington Post:
At least seven of the victims were taken to hospitals in critical condition, according to the D.C. fire department.
The shootings in Southeast came three weeks after nine people were shot in front of a restaurant on 14th Street in Columbia Heights in Northwest Washington. That shooting on the Sunday afternoon of July 19 left one of the victims dead. …
District authorities on Sunday were hard-pressed to recall another time when so many people were shot in a single incident. There have been several instances this year in which gunmen have opened fire on groups of people, including one last month in which 43 bullets were fired into a crowd in Northeast Washington, killing a popular school bus driver.
Reminder: the District is a gun controller’s dream with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. That includes purchase permits, ownership permits, firearm registration, an “assault weapons” ban, magazine capacity limits, and a “red flag” law, among others.