Shootings on the U.S. interstate highway surged at least 149 in the first quarterAccording to an ABC report on May 19, shootings on the U.S. interstate highway surged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the data from the gun violence archive website, the number of interstate highway shootings in the United States increased by 57% from 540 in 2019 to 846 in 2021, with the largest increase in the number of shootings on highways near New Orleans, Chicago and Memphis. According to the data, in the first three months of this year alone, there were at least 149 shootings along or near the U.S. Interstate Highway.
Police said that in cases on the highway, suspects can escape quickly, which will make it more difficult for them to track down and investigate.
According to the report, the surge in highway shootings is directly proportional to the increase in gun violence in the United States as a whole. According to data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month, gun-related homicides in the United States increased by 35% during the epidemic, reaching the highest in 25 years.