Unfortunately, it’s looking like 2014 came in with a few bangs — but not the good kind.
It may be a time for resolutions and starting new, but when the clock struck 12 a.m., at least one thing didn’t change. Senseless gun violence.
The epidemic continued through midnight Tuesday, and into the latter part of the week. Think Progress gathered some of those unfortunate gun incidents that occurred as we ushered in a new year.
7:00 pm, Barberton, OH: Two shot dead, two others shot and injured at New Year’s Eve party.
9:10 pm, Oakland, CA: One person was killed and two others (including a child) were injured as people headed out to their New Year’s celebrations Tuesday. The shooting was Oakland’s 92nd homicide of 2013.
11:00 pm, Pittsburgh, PA: Just before the new year began, three people were injured in a shooting near a bar in East Pittsburgh.
11:00 pm, Seattle, WA: Two people were shot, one critically and in the head, at a party in Seattle less than an hour before midnight.
12:00 am, Jacksonville, FL: While celebrating the start of 2014, a Florida man playing with his gun accidentally shot himself in the head.
12:30 am, Benton County, MO: Just half an hour after the ball dropped, a man in Missouri was shot and killed in what is being described as a “domestic altercation.”
12:55 am, Toms River, NJ: Police arrived to a chaotic scene at a hotel in New Jersey where someone had opened fire — people were climbing out of windows and screaming after three people were shot at a party. The gunman is still on the loose.
12:56 am, Anchorage, AK: One man accidentally shot another inside his home in the early hours of 2014. The man who shot the gun has been charged with misconduct involving a weapon, and first degree assault.
1:45 am, Evanston, OH: One person was killed and another injured in Ohio’s first homicide of 2014.
2:00 am, Chicago, IL: Police in Chicago responded to reports of shots fired just before 2:00 Wednesday morning. After a person allegedly raised a gun at the cops, they opened fire. In total, four people were shot by police fire.
2:30 am, Memphis, TN: Gunshots rang through a night club in Memphis in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, and a man leaving the club ended up injured by the bullets. Another bullet hole was found in a bouncer’s shirt, though he had not been hit.
2:40 am, Cromwell, CT: Just outside of another hotel party for the new year, a person was shot in the leg. Private security found the victim after hearing gunshots coming from a parking garage outside the hotel.
3:00 am, New York, NY: 17-year old Malik Bhola was shot in the chest in Brooklyn. After being taken to the hospital, he was pronounced dead.
3:00 am, New Haven, CT: A man was left in critical condition after being shot in the head at a New Year’s Eve hotel party just before 3:00 am.
These represent just a fraction of gun-related incidents that unfurled over the holiday and into the week. But sadly, these incidents aren’t unique to the craziness the new year brings. In fact, on average, at least 32 people are killed by guns every day in the U.S.
Another 140 end up in the emergency room with gunshot wounds.
Let’s hope this year is the year for a sweeping reform on gun control. But if last year was any indication…we’ve got a long way to go.
SOURCE: Think Progress | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty