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A garlic festival. A neighborhood event. A family home.

July 29, 2019

In Canoga Park, California, three family members were inside a family apartment. In Gilroy, people were attending a historic garlic festival.

And in New York City’s Brownsville neighborhood, families had gathered at a playground for an annual Old Timers Day party, now in its 56th year.

“I picked my daughter up in my arms and I ran,” attendee Bill Blount told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. “Pandemonium. Pandemonium.”

Over the past three days, shootings in all three locations left a total of eight people dead and two dozen people wounded. While details are still emerging about the nature of the Gilroy shooting, the shootings in Brownsville and Canoga Park appear to reflect two of the most prevalent forms that gun violence takes in the U.S:

  • As appears to have been the case in Canoga Park, the majority of mass shootings in America are related to domestic or family violence, according to an Everytown analysis.
  • Saturday’s shooting in Brownsville, meanwhile, is a reminder that gun homicides in the U.S. are concentrated in cities. Within these cities, gun homicides are most prevalent in racially segregated neighborhoods with high rates of poverty.

More information about guns and domestic violence is available here, and information about local violence intervention programs can be found here. Additional research about gun violence in the U.S. is available here.

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