Several dead, dozens injured after violent weekend of shootings across nation

Shootings in cities nationwide are up significant amounts compared to previous years.

Updated: May 24, 2021 - 12:19pm

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Large gatherings over the weekend across the country resulted in violent shootings at a bar in Ohio, a party in New Jersey and concert in South Carolina, leaving six dead and dozens injured.

An illegal concert in North Charleston, S.C., on Saturday, in a residential area, ended when multiple gunmen opened fire on the crowd at 10:30 p.m. A 14-year-old girl was fatally shot and 14 others were injured. 

Although the motive was still unclear to police, North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess said Sunday "the individuals were angry at each other and they didn’t care who got hit," according to The Post and Courier newspaper.

The concert was considered illegal partially because alcohol was being sold on private property.  

Just over an hour later on Saturday night, at a house party in Cumberland County, New Jersey, 14 were shot in a mass shooting resulting in the loss of two lives. Hundreds attended the birthday party and officials say it was a targeted attack. 

Officials said Monday during a press conference that they recovered multiple guns and shell cases from the scene that are being used to investigate the attack.

"One individual has been arrested and we fully anticipate the possibility of additional arrest as this case progresses," said state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

Early Sunday morning, a fight outside a Youngstown, Ohio, bar resulted in three killed and five others injured after guns were fired. The 2 a.m. brawl overwhelmed the small town hospital with only one trauma unit in the entire town, between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. 

Meanwhile in Chicago, shootings have become a frequent dilemma faced by officials, which resulted in 11 killed and 55 wounded from weekend shootings according to WGN9. From Friday night to early Monday morning gunshot wounds killed victims as young as 15. 

Shootings in cities nationwide are up significant amounts compared to previous years.