The surge in violence that has emerged this summer in major American cities continued over the weekend, with at least 64 shooting victims in Chicago and 52 in New York City since Thursday.
Five men were killed in the violence in Chicago, while injured victims included teenagers and one 12-year-old boy. In New York, seven of the weekend’s 52 victims died, including an off-duty corrections officer who was shot with his own department-issued weapon. Witnesses told a local ABC affiliate that that shooting was likely planned, with three cars pulling up to encircle the victim.
President Trump on Sunday threatened to lead a federal response to violence in New York.
“Law and Order,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “If NYC Mayor [Bill de Blasio] can’t do it, we will!”