LABOR Day weekend saw heightened levels of violence after a four-year-old boy was murdered and 67 others gunned down across America over the holidays.
Mychal Moultry was asleep at his father's home in Chicago when he was shot twice in the head on Friday around 9pm.
Local activists have called for the shooter to turn themselves in after bullets were fired outside of the Woodlawn neighborhood home, police have said.
The motive for the shooting remains unclear, as is whether the boy's dad was the intended target.
There is now a $9,000 reward being offered to anyone who provides information about the boy's killer.
Mychal was one of 47 people who were shot in the city of Chicago alone over the holiday weekend.
Six kids were shot in just 12 hours with at least two of them recovering at Comer Children's hospital yesterday morning.
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the thigh around 10.25pm on Saturday night while two hours before a 13-year-old boy was shot twice in the head.
Two teenage siblings were gunned down while attending a back-to-school event in East Garfield Park on Saturday afternoon.
"We’re sick and tired every day," an activist with anti-crime group All Kids Matter told the Mail Online.
"We’re staking this hospital out night after night. All these children get shot throughout Chicago."
Elsewhere in the country, one person was killed and another four injured in a shooting on Saturday night in Warner Robins, Georgia.
An investigation is currently underway but no suspects have been named, police said.
In New York City, a cab driver was hit in the head with a stray bullet fired by a 15-year-old boy during a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police say the teenager was attempting to shoot a rival after he was shot in the stomach but instead accidentally struck a 34-year-old taxi driver.
I don’t go out into the street. You don’t know what can happen.
Meanwhile, at least seven other people sustained gunshot wounds in separate shootings in the Bronx in the space of a few hours.
Four of those people were shot outside of a catering hall at around 3.35am.
The group reportedly got into an argument with a person they did not know, who then opened fire on them.
A 24-year-old man, a 27-year-old woman, a 36-year-old man, and a 47-year-old all sustained gunshots to their legs.
Maureen Chambers, a 62-year-old local resident, said that she limits the amount of time she spends outside in her neighborhood.
“It’s terrible. I don’t stand on the street late at night,” Chambers told the New York Post.
“An argument and shot in the leg like that? They need more security and more police in the area.
“I don’t go out into the street. You don’t know what can happen.”
In Florida, an armored ex-Marine shot dead four people including a baby in a terrifying rampage.
The former Marine sharpshooter turned "survivalist", who was reportedly high on meth, told his victims he'd been sent by God to save their daughter from a suicide attempt.
He later recounted for police how the family begged for their lives but he murdered them anyway, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
Even after Riley was arrested on Sunday morning, he reportedly became so aggressive that he attempted to wrestle a gun from police while handcuffed to a hospital gurney.
280 MINORS KILLED THIS YEAR
Judd said that Riley, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan in the 2010s, seemed to have targeted his victims at random and appeared to be suffering from mental health issues.
In Texas, an 83-year-old woman was shot dead by her husband and a 69-year-old father was allegedly shot by his son.
Elsewhere, 35-year-old Tayeesha Webb was gunned down in a residence in New Jersey on Saturday evening.
She was pronounced dead at the scene, Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone said.
42-year-old Shakir Tyler has been charged with first-degree murder and second-degree possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, according to Ciccone.
At least 280 minors have been shot in Chicago so far this year with 35 succumbing to their injuries, ABC reported.
As the summer comes to an end, the city of Chicago is on pace to have the highest number of murders in 25 years when there were 796 people killed in 1996.
According to the latest figures, there were 524 murders recorded on September 1 – a three percent increase on last year.
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