Increase in shootings on interstate highways recorded during the pandemic

A new analysis examining nearly 3,000 shootings that occurred on or near U.S. highways from January 2018 to March 2022, found that shootings on interstate highways across the country have increased alongside the overall spike in gun violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, reports ABC News. Shootings on interstate highways rose from 540 incidents in 2019 to 846 incidents in 2021, an increase of 57%, with New Orleans, Chicago and Memphis recording some of the biggest spikes.

In the first three months of this year alone, at least 149 shootings have occurred along or near interstate highways and all incidents in total have resulted in 680 deaths and more than 1,600 injuries over the past four years. and three months. Meanwhile, ABC 7 Reports that in response to this data, Illinois State Police leaders transferred the state’s top troopers to a new Chicago-based team and installed license plate readers to target vehicles stolen or help investigators locate cars near shootings. Since 2018, I-94 in Chicago has seen the second highest number of freeway shootings in the nation. The Eisenhower Highway is also in the national top 10.

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