(CNN) – A series of shootings over the weekend in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington and other American cities underscored the continued rise in gun violence in the United States this year.
The shooting near Nationals Park in Washington was the most prominent of the incidents, as the sound of gunfire sent fans and players seeking safety in the middle of a Washington Nationals baseball game.
Other shootings injured minors, including a 1-year-old boy who was injured Saturday night in Philadelphia. These point to a trend of increased gun violence that emerged after the covid-19 shutdowns were lifted.
According to preliminary 2020 findings from the FBI, the number of homicides increased by 25% between 2019 and 2020, the largest jump in the United States in a one-year period since the FBI began publishing annual figures in the decade. 1960. The findings of the National Commission on Covid-19 and Criminal Justice were similar, citing a 30% increase in the homicide rate between 2019 and 2020 in the 34 main cities surveyed.
Here’s a look at some of the weekend shootings in the US.
At least 53 people were shot in 41 separate shootings in Chicago from Friday night to Sunday night, police department incident reports show. Of the 53, six have died, reports show.
An 8-year-old boy is among those injured after being shot early Sunday morning while riding in a car. The police report says that around 1 am local time, a van passed by and fired at the car in which the boy was traveling.
The victim has a gunshot wound to the leg and is in good condition, the report says. A man in the vehicle was also shot and released from the hospital.
On Saturday night, five female victims ages 12 to 19 were injured in a shooting outside a party, Chicago police said.
“The victims were standing with a group on the sidewalk and attending a party when the occupants of a dark-colored van fired shots,” the police department said. All victims are in good condition.
A 25-year-old man was also shot in the incident, Chicago police said. He was treated and released from the hospital.
No arrests have been made in those two shootings, according to incident reports.
Two people were injured, including a 1-year-old boy, in a West Philadelphia shooting Saturday night around 8 p.m., according to Philadelphia Police Department spokesman Agent Miguel Torres.
The 1-year-old was shot in the left leg and taken to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where police said he was in stable condition. The second individual, a 26-year-old man, was shot in the left forearm in the incident and was taken to Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center, where he is also in stable condition, according to police.
No arrests have been made so far and police have not recovered weapons at the scene.
So far this year, homicides in Philadelphia are topping last year’s figures, according to police records. Philadelphia reached its 300th homicide of the year in July for the first time in more than three decades, according to available online records dating back to 1989.
Additionally, the city has seen nearly 1,200 shootings this year, compared to 938 during the same time period last year, according to data as of July 12.
Three people were injured in a shooting Saturday night outside Nationals Park in Washington, the nation’s capital, prompting baseball fans and players to take cover during a game, police said.
A fan outside the stadium was one of three people injured, according to Ashan Benedict, deputy executive director of police for the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.
CNN reporters inside the stadium reported hearing multiple heavy blows during the bottom of the sixth inning in a game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres. Fans fled their seats and sought refuge after hearing the shots. Benedict said that there was ultimately no threat to the people inside the stadium.
“I just want to assure the public that at no time during this incident were there people inside the stadium who attended the game in any kind of danger. This was not an active shooter incident and it is not being investigated as such. It all happened outside the stadium.” , He said.
Benedict told reporters that two vehicles were involved in a “shooting” on a street outside the stadium during the game. Police recovered one of the vehicles, but the other remains at large.
Separately, on Friday night, a 6-year-old girl was killed and five adults were injured in a drive-by shooting in Washington, authorities said. The incident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. in the southeastern part of the district.
In a video released by Washington police, a silver or gray vehicle can be seen driving through the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and Malcom X Avenue SE, and several shots are fired from the car.
The boy was identified as Nyiah Courtney, according to Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee. In addition, three men and two women were shot and sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said.
A woman was killed and six other people were injured in a shooting in downtown Portland, Oregon, early Saturday morning, according to the Portland Police Office.
The victims were taken by ambulance to a hospital where the woman died, police said in a statement Saturday.
The other six victims suffered injuries of varying degrees of severity, although the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, police said. Officers did not locate a suspect or suspects and no arrests had been made, police said.
Two people were killed and four others injured in a shooting in Sacramento on Friday night, according to a news release from the Sacramento Police Department.
The two victims who died were believed to be adult men, police said, but the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has not released their identities.
Officers patrolling the area heard gunshots in Old Sacramento just before 11:45 p.m. Friday, police said. Police from neighboring agencies and from across the city responded to help, according to police. Police said the other four victims received treatment for their “non-fatal injuries” at nearby hospitals.
Although the investigation is still in its early stages and the motive is unclear, the police department said that “it is believed that there was some sort of altercation between two groups prior to the shooting” and that “multiple firearms” have been found. In the scene.
Police have not released any information about the suspect, but what happened “is believed to be an isolated incident.”
CNN’s Sahar Akbarzai, Melissa Alonso, Chris Boyette, Gregory Clary, Camille Furst, Chuck Johnston, Kay Jones, Priya Krishnakumar, Aaron Pellish, Kristina Sgueglia, Deanna Hackney, and Sonnet Swire contributed to this report.