On the afternoon of the 20th local time, a shooting occurred in a shopping mall in Wovatosa, Wisconsin, United States, injuring eight people. After the incident, the local police sent 75 police officers to blockade the scene of the crime and search for the suspect.
The details of the case are still under investigation.
This is only the latest of several recent shootings in the United States, and more and more minors are being affected by frequent shootings: on the 14th local time, a woman broke into a Connecticut house and opened fire on two children in the house, killing one person and seriously injuring one person; on the evening of the 16th local time By the early morning of the 17th, there were consecutive shootings in Chicago, Miami, Louisville, New York, Boston, Detroit, Baltimore and other cities, killing at least 4 people and injuring 32. Among the victims, including 7 minors…
A 5-year-old boy playing at home in Chicago was seriously injured in the head by a bullet shot from a passing car outside the house. At present, the local police have not found any suspects.
The American media have pointed out that under the interweaving influence of many factors such as the worsening of the epidemic, the economic recession, social tearing, and increasing political uncertainty, the social security in the United States has deteriorated, violent crime has increased sharply, and security issues are increasingly becoming the “American pain” that ordinary people are most concerned about.
The wave of gun-related crime hits big cities in the United States.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, there has been a wave of gun-related crimes in all parts of the United States, especially in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and other major cities, and the social security situation is becoming more and more serious.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, in 2019, there were an average of more than seven shooting violence incidents per day in Chicago, resulting in 2,255 injuries and 452 deaths. By 2020, just one weekend in June, 104 shootings had occurred, killing 14 people, including 5 minors. As of November, the total number of people shot in Chicago this year has far exceeded that of last year.
According to police data quoted by CNN, there were 137 shootings in New York City in October, a significant increase of 121% over the same period last year. At the same time, the total number of gun-related crimes reached 502, an increase of 102% year-on-year. The data also shows that there have been about 1,300 shootings in New York City so far this year, and the total number of gun-related crimes is about 3,300, an increase of 94% and 15% respectively, compared with the same period last year.
New Yorkers fled from the “land of terror” in large numbers.
Frequent gun-related crimes have made the American people feel more secure. Many Americans admitted to the media in an interview that they were very worried about the high crime rate and personal safety.
New Yorkers and students: “Crime is spreading.”
“I came to Buffalo University a little worried if we were safe off campus.”
In fact, since this year, with the deteriorating living environment in China, more and more Americans have considered emigrating to countries such as New Zealand. According to the New Zealand Herald, as the epidemic continues to get out of control and the crime rate rises, New York residents who have been double-hit are choosing to move out of the city.
The New York Post recently reported, citing data from the U.S. Postal Service, that in the eight months from March 1 to October 31, New York City residents filed nearly 300,000 requests for address change.
Usually, every request for change of address involves the whole family, not just one person, so the number of people who moved out of New York may have exceeded 300,000. As of October, more than 1.6 apartments in the Manhattan area have been vacant, a record since 2006.
Michael Hendrix, director of “State and Local Policy” at the Manhattan Institute, was not surprised by the above data, because they matched the results of a previous poll. He said that people in New York are afraid of contracting the novel coronavirus and crime.
If the “root of the disease” is not eliminated, the crime will not be eliminated.
Expert analysis pointed out that the weak anti-epidemic of the U.S. government, slow economic recovery and the decline in people’s living standards are an important reason for the current frequent crime incidents.
CNN reported that in some parts of the United States, how to get food to maintain daily life is becoming the most worrying thing for many Americans. And the lives of the American people are not basically guaranteed, which greatly catalyzes the increase of crime.
In addition to economic factors, the contradictions between the American people and law enforcement agencies are also a major reason for the emergence of the crime wave. Many crime experts believe that the surge in murders and shootings in the United States this year is related to the growing distrust of law enforcement officials such as the police.
The Freud affair and other violent police law enforcement incidents have caused widespread social unrest and racial contradictions in the United States, which in turn have intensified the momentum of violent crime, analysis by Richard Rosenfeld, a criminology expert at the University of Missouri. When people start to distrust the police, it is likely that they choose to solve problems by themselves.”
John Kentzara, chairman of the Chicago branch of the American Police Union, believes that the soaring crime rate is entirely caused by the policies of the U.S. government, which should introduce more effective policies to maintain social stability.