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Highland Park Shooter Heads To Court

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Aftermath of Highland Park shooting. Still photo courtesy ABC TV NEWS.

The 21-year-old accused of opening fire at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois was scheduled to make his first appearance in court Wednesday, as new figures show that gun violence over the holiday weekend killed at least 220 people and wounded close to 570 others, reports CBS News.

The statistics, released by the Gun Violence Archive, comes as Attorney General Merrick Garland faces pressure to seek the death penalty for the Buffalo supermarket mass shooter indicted on domestic terrorism charges for a targeted attack on Black people that killed ten last month, the Washington Post reports.

Robert Crimo III has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder for firing more than 70 rounds from a high-powered rifle down onto the parade from a rooftop, killing seven and injuring dozens, ABC News reports.

Of  the  weekend shootings, at least 11 were classified as mass shootings by the Gun Violence Archive. The database lists 315 mass shootings across the country since the beginning of this year, and roughly 22,500 deaths caused by any form of gun violence.

The number of injuries so far traced to gun violence approaches the total death toll.

 Garland paused all federal executions last summer after 13 death penalties were carried out in the final six month’s of President Trump’s administration, more than the previous 56 years of federal executions combined.

Before that, the U.S. had ceased carrying out death penalties for nearly two decades. These cases come as states around the country are grappling with changes to their gun control measures following a recent Supreme Court case that overturned a century-old New York discretionary licensing rule: Maryland stopped enforcing a nearly identical rule on Tuesday, WUSA reports.

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